Allerton 2015 Paper Abstract


Paper ThC5.5

El Gamal, Mostafa (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Lai, Lifeng (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Are Slepian-Wolf Rates Necessary for Distributed Parameter Estimation?

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Session "Detection and Estimation" (ThC5), Thursday, October 1, 2015, 14:50−15:10, Lower Level

53rd Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Sept 29-Oct 2, 2015, Allerton Park and Retreat Center, Monticello, IL, USA

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on December 5, 2021

Keywords Detection and Estimation, Information Theory


We consider a distributed parameter estimation problem, in which multiple terminals send messages related to their local observations using limited rates to a fusion center who will obtain an estimate of a parameter related to observations of all terminals. It is well known that if the transmission rates are in the Slepian-Wolf region, the fusion center can fully recover all observations and hence can construct an estimator having the same performance as that of the centralized case. One natural question is whether Slepian-Wolf rates are necessary to achieve the same estimation performance as that of the centralized case. In this paper, we show that the answer to this question is negative. We establish our result by explicitly constructing an asymptotically minimum variance unbiased estimator (MVUE) that has the same performance as that of the optimal estimator in the centralized case while requiring information rates less than the conditions required in the Slepian-Wolf rate region.



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