John S. Baras


Convergence Results for the Linear Consensus Problem under Markovian Random Graphs

I. Matei and J.S. Baras

to appear in SIAM


This paper discusses the linear asymptotic consensus problem for a network of dynamic agents whose communication network is modeled by a randomly switching graph. The switching is determined by a finite state, Markov process, each topology corresponding to a state of the process. We address both the cases where the dynamics of the agents is expressed in continuous and discrete time. We show that, if the consensus matrices are doubly stochastic, average consensus is achieved in the mean square and almost sure sense if and only if the graph resulted from the union of graphs corresponding to the states of the Markov process is strongly connected. The aim of this paper is to show how techniques from the theory of Markovian jump linear systems, in conjunction with results inspired by matrix and graph theory, can be used to prove convergence results for stochastic consensus problems.

Key words. consensus, Markovian random graphs, stochastic systems
AMS subject classifications. 93A14, 93C05, 93E03

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