Asymptotic theory for decentralized sequential hypothesis testing problems and sequential minimum energy design algorithm
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The dissertation investigates asymptotic theory of decentralized sequential hypothesis testing problems as well as asymptotic behaviors of the Sequential Minimum Energy Design (SMED). The main results are summarized as follows. 1.We develop the first-order asymptotic optimality theory for decentralized sequential multi-hypothesis testing under a Bayes framework. Asymptotically optimal tests are obtained from the class of "two-stage" procedures and the optimal local quantizers are shown to be the "maximin" quantizers that are characterized as a randomization of at most M-1 Unambiguous Likelihood Quantizers (ULQ) when testing M >= 2 hypotheses. 2. We generalize the classical Kullback-Leibler inequality to investigate the quantization effects on the second-order and other general-order moments of log-likelihood ratios. It is shown that a quantization may increase these quantities, but such an increase is bounded by a universal constant that depends on the order of the moment. This result provides a simpler sufficient condition for asymptotic theory of decentralized sequential detection. 3. We propose a class of multi-stage tests for decentralized sequential multi-hypothesis testing problems, and show that with suitably chosen thresholds at different stages, it can hold the second-order asymptotic optimality properties when the hypotheses testing problem is "asymmetric." 4. We characterize the asymptotic behaviors of SMED algorithm, particularly the denseness and distributions of the design points. In addition, we propose a simplified version of SMED that is computationally more efficient.