Switching Model Representation
This example shows how to switch between the transfer function (TF), zero-pole-gain (ZPK), state-space (SS), and frequency response data (FRD) representations of LTI systems.
Model Type Conversions
You can convert models from one representation to another using the same commands that you use for constructing LTI models (
frd). For example, you can convert the state-space model:
sys = ss(-2,1,1,3);
to a zero-pole-gain model by typing:
zpksys = zpk(sys)
zpksys = 3 (s+2.333) ----------- (s+2) Continuous-time zero/pole/gain model.
Similarly, you can calculate the transfer function of
sys by typing:
ans = 3 s + 7 ------- s + 2 Continuous-time transfer function.
Conversions to FRD require a frequency vector:
f = logspace(-2,2,10); frdsys = frd(sys,f)
frdsys = Frequency(rad/s) Response ---------------- -------- 0.0100 3.5000 - 0.0025i 0.0278 3.4999 - 0.0070i 0.0774 3.4993 - 0.0193i 0.2154 3.4943 - 0.0532i 0.5995 3.4588 - 0.1375i 1.6681 3.2949 - 0.2459i 4.6416 3.0783 - 0.1817i 12.9155 3.0117 - 0.0756i 35.9381 3.0015 - 0.0277i 100.0000 3.0002 - 0.0100i Continuous-time frequency response.
Note that FRD models cannot be converted back to the TF, ZPK, or SS representations (such conversion requires the frequency-domain identification tools available in System Identification).
All model type conversion paths are summarized in the diagram below.
Implicit Type Casting
Some commands expect a specific type of LTI model. For convenience, such commands automatically convert incoming LTI models to the appropriate representation. For example, in the sample code:
sys = ss(0,1,1,0); [num,den] = tfdata(sys,'v')
num = 1×2 0 1
den = 1×2 1 0
tfdata automatically converts the state-space model
sys to an equivalent transfer function to obtain its numerator and denominator data.
Caution About Switching Back and Forth Between Representations
Conversions between the TF, ZPK, and SS representations involve numerical computations and can incur loss of accuracy when overused. Because the SS and FRD representations are best suited for numerical computations, it is good practice to convert all models to SS or FRD and only use the TF and ZPK representations for construction or display purposes.
For example, convert the ZPK model
G = zpk(,ones(10,1),1,0.1)
G = 1 -------- (z-1)^10 Sample time: 0.1 seconds Discrete-time zero/pole/gain model.
to TF and then back to ZPK:
G1 = zpk(tf(G));
Now compare the pole locations for
G1 = zpk(tf(G)); pzmap(G,'b',G1,'r') axis([0.5 1.5 -0.4 0.4]) legend('G','G1')
Observe how the pole of multiplicity 10 at
G is replaced by a cluster of poles in
G1. This occurs because the poles of
G1 are computed as the roots of the polynomial
o(eps) error on the last coefficient of this polynomial is enough to move the roots by
In other words, the transfer function representation is not accurate enough to capture the system behavior near z=1, which is also visible in the Bode plot of
bode(G,'b',G1,'r--'), grid legend('G','G1')
This illustrates why you should avoid unnecessary model conversions.