Introduction and Overview

This implements the Ensemble Kalman filter.

Copyright 2015 Roger R Labbe Jr.

FilterPy library. http://github.com/rlabbe/filterpy

Documentation at: https://filterpy.readthedocs.org

Supporting book at: https://github.com/rlabbe/Kalman-and-Bayesian-Filters-in-Python

This is licensed under an MIT license. See the readme.MD file for more information.

class filterpy.kalman.EnsembleKalmanFilter(x, P, dim_z, dt, N, hx, fx)[source]

This implements the ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF). The EnKF uses an ensemble of hundreds to thousands of state vectors that are randomly sampled around the estimate, and adds perturbations at each update and predict step. It is useful for extremely large systems such as found in hydrophysics. As such, this class is admittedly a toy as it is far too slow with large N.

There are many versions of this sort of this filter. This formulation is due to Crassidis and Junkins [1]. It works with both linear and nonlinear systems.


  • [1] John L Crassidis and John L. Junkins. “Optimal Estimation of Dynamic Systems. CRC Press, second edition. 2012. pp, 257-9.


See my book Kalman and Bayesian Filters in Python https://github.com/rlabbe/Kalman-and-Bayesian-Filters-in-Python

__init__(x, P, dim_z, dt, N, hx, fx)[source]

Create a Kalman filter. You are responsible for setting the various state variables to reasonable values; the defaults below will not give you a functional filter.


x : np.array(dim_z)

state mean

P : np.array((dim_x, dim_x))

covariance of the state

dim_z : int

Number of of measurement inputs. For example, if the sensor provides you with position in (x,y), dim_z would be 2.

dt : float

time step in seconds

N : int

number of sigma points (ensembles). Must be greater than 1.

hx : function hx(x)

Measurement function. May be linear or nonlinear - converts state x into a measurement. Return must be an np.array of the same dimensionality as the measurement vector.

fx : function fx(x, dt)

State transition function. May be linear or nonlinear. Projects state x into the next time period. Returns the projected state x.


def hx(x):
   return np.array([x[0]])

F = np.array([[1., 1.],
              [0., 1.]])
def fx(x, dt):
    return np.dot(F, x)

x = np.array([0., 1.])
P = np.eye(2) * 100.
dt = 0.1
f = EnKF(x=x, P=P, dim_z=1, dt=dt, N=8,
         hx=hx, fx=fx)

std_noise = 3.
f.R *= std_noise**2
f.Q = Q_discrete_white_noise(2, dt, .01)

while True:
    z = read_sensor()
initialize(x, P)[source]

Initializes the filter with the specified mean and covariance. Only need to call this if you are using the filter to filter more than one set of data; this is called by __init__


x : np.array(dim_z)

state mean

P : np.array((dim_x, dim_x))

covariance of the state

update(z, R=None)[source]

Add a new measurement (z) to the kalman filter. If z is None, nothing is changed.


z : np.array

measurement for this update.

R : np.array, scalar, or None

Optionally provide R to override the measurement noise for this one call, otherwise self.R will be used.


Predict next position.