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Compute linear model using Steiglitz-McBride iteration


[b,a] = stmcb(h,nb,na)
[b,a] = stmcb(y,x,nb,na)
[b,a] = stmcb(h,nb,na,niter)
[b,a] = stmcb(y,x,nb,na,niter)
[b,a] = stmcb(h,nb,na,niter,ai)
[b,a] = stmcb(y,x,nb,na,niter,ai)


Steiglitz-McBride iteration is an algorithm for finding an IIR filter with a prescribed time-domain impulse response. It has applications in both filter design and system identification (parametric modeling).

[b,a] = stmcb(h,nb,na) finds the coefficients b and a of the system b(z)/a(z) with approximate impulse response h, exactly nb zeros, and exactly na poles.

[b,a] = stmcb(y,x,nb,na) finds the system coefficients b and a of the system that, given x as input, has y as output. x and y must be the same length.

[b,a] = stmcb(h,nb,na,niter) and

[b,a] = stmcb(y,x,nb,na,niter) use niter iterations. The default for niter is 5.

[b,a] = stmcb(h,nb,na,niter,ai) and

[b,a] = stmcb(y,x,nb,na,niter,ai) use the vector ai as the initial estimate of the denominator coefficients. If ai is not specified, stmcb uses the output argument from [b,ai] = prony(h,0,na) as the vector ai.

stmcb returns the IIR filter coefficients in length nb+1 and na+1 row vectors b and a. The filter coefficients are ordered in descending powers of z.



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Approximate the impulse response of an IIR filter with a system of lower order.

Specify a 6th-order Butterworth filter with normalized 3-dB frequency 0.2π rad/sample.

d = designfilt('lowpassiir','FilterOrder',6, ...

Use the Steiglitz-McBride iteration to approximate the filter with a 4th-order system.

h = impz(d);
[bb,aa] = stmcb(h,4,4);

Plot the frequency responses of the two systems.

hfvt = fvtool(d,bb,aa,'Analysis','freq');


If x and y have different lengths, stmcb produces this error message:

Input signal X and output signal Y must 
have the same length.


stmcb attempts to minimize the squared error between the impulse response h of b(z)/a(z) and the input signal x.


stmcb iterates using two steps:

  1. It prefilters h and x using 1/a(z).

  2. It solves a system of linear equations for b and a using \.

stmcb repeats this process niter times. No checking is done to see if the b and a coefficients have converged in fewer than niter iterations.


[1] Steiglitz, K., and L. E. McBride. “A Technique for the Identification of Linear Systems.” IEEE® Transactions on Automatic Control. Vol. AC-10, 1965, pp. 461–464.

[2] Ljung, Lennart. System Identification: Theory for the User. 2nd Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999, p. 354.

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Introduced before R2006a