Journal of Signal and Information Processing
Vol.3 No.4(2012), Article ID:24958,19 pages DOI:10.4236/jsip.2012.34057

Model Reduction of 2-D IIR Filters

Lahcène Mitiche1, Amel Baha Houda Adamou-Mitiche1, Omar Kacem1, Vasil Sima2

1Science and Technology Department, University of Djelfa, Djelfa, Algeria; 2National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics, Bucharest, Romania.


Received June 24th, 2012; revised September 11th, 2012; accepted September 23rd, 2012

Keywords: Stability; Recursively Computable; Linear Phase; State Space; Balanced Realization; Model Reduction


The work presented in this paper concerns with analysis and synthesis of the two-dimensional Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) filters based on model order reduction. The synthesis is performed with two methods, the Prony’s method (Prony modified) and Iterative method, in the spatial domain, and with the method of Semi-Definite iterative Programming (SDP), in the frequency domain. After synthesis, we make an order reduction of the filter model by the QuasiGramians method.

1. Introduction

The fields of two-dimensional digital signal processing and digital image processing have maintained tremendous vitality over the past four decades and there is a clear indication that this trend will continue. Advances in hardware technology provide capabilities in signal processing chips and microprocessors which were previously associated with mainframe computers. These advances allow sophisticated signal and image processing algorithms to be implemented in real time at a substantially reduced cost. New applications continue to be found and existing applications continue to expand in such diverse areas as communications, consumer electronics, medicine, defense, robotics, and geophysics.

At a conceptual level, there is a great deal of similarity between one-dimensional signal processing and twodimensional signal processing. In one-dimensional signal processing, the concepts discussed are filtering, Fourier transform, discrete Fourier transform, fast Fourier transform algorithms, and so on. In two-dimensional signal processing, we again are concerned with the same concepts.

At a more detailed level, however, considerable differences exist between one-dimensional and two-dimensional signal processing. For example, one major difference is the amount of data involved in typical applications. In speech processing, we have 10.000 data points to process in a second. However, in video processing, we would have 7.5 million data points to process per second. Another example is the absence of the fundamental theorem of algebra for two-dimensional polynomials.

One-dimensional polynomials can be factored as a product of lower-order polynomials. An important structure for realizing a one-dimensional digital filter is the cascade structure. In this case, the z-transform of the digital filter’s impulse response is factored as a product of lower-order polynomials and the realizations of these lower-order factors are cascaded. The z-transform of a two-dimensional digital filters impulse response cannot, in general, be factored as a product of lower-order polynomials and the cascade structure therefore is not a general structure for a two-dimensional digital filter realization [1]. Another consequence of the nonfactorability of a two-dimensional polynomial is the difficulty associated with issues related to system stability. In a one-dimensional system, the pole locations can be determined easily, and an unstable system can be stabilized without affecting the magnitude response by simple manipulation of pole locations. In a two-dimensional system, since poles are surfaces rather than points and there is no fundamental theorem of algebra, it is extremely difficult to determine the pole locations [2].

The paper presented here is related particularly to the synthesis of the two-dimensional infinite impulse response filters using model order reduction. There are two main parts of the paper. In the first part, the synthesis is done, both in the spatial domain, with two methods, the Prony’s method (modified Prony) and Iterative method, and in the frequency domain, with iterative SemiDefinite Programming (SDP). In the second part of this paper, we make an order reduction of the synthesized (designed) filter using the Quasi-Gramians approach.

2. Designing 2D-IIR Filters

An 2D-IIR filter with an arbitrary impulse response cannot be realized since computing each output sample requires a too large number of arithmetic operations [1,2]. As a result, in addition to requiring to be real and stable, we require to have a rational z-transform corresponding to a recursively computable system.

2.1. The Design Problem

The problem of IIR filter design is to determine a rational and stable function with a wedge support output mask that meets a given design specification. In other words, we wish to determine a stable computational procedure that is recursively computable and meets a design specification.

However, a given rational system function can lead to many different computational procedures [1]. To make the relationship unique, we will adopt a convention in expressing. Specifically, we will assume that a(0, 0) is always 1, so will then be in the form


where Ra –(0, 0) represents the support region of without the origin (0, 0), and Rb represents the support region of.

The unique computational procedure corresponding to (1) is then given by


where the sequences and are the filter coefficients.

The first step in the IIR filter design is usually an initial determination of Ra and Rb, the support regions of and. If we determine the filter coefficients by attempting to approximate some desired impulse response in the spatial domain, we will want to choose and such that will have at least approximately the same support region as.

Another consideration is related to the filter specification parameters. In the low-pass filter design, for example, small, , (filter templates) and transition region will generally require a larger number of filter coefficients. It is often difficult to determine the number of filter coefficients required to meet a given filter specification for a particular design algorithm, and an iterative procedure may become necessary [1].

One major difference between IIR and FIR filters is related to stability. A FIR filter is always stable as long as is bounded (finite) for all, so stability is never an issue. With an IIR filter, however, ensuring stability is a major task. One approach to designing a stable IIR filter is to impose a special structure on such that testing the stability and stabilizing an unstable filter become relatively easy tasks. Such an approach, however, tends to impose a severe constraint on the design algorithm or to highly restrict the class of filters that can be designed [1]. For example, if has a separable denominator polynomial of the form, testing the stability and stabilizing an unstable without affecting the magnitude response is a 1-D problem. However, the class of filters that can be designed with a separable denominator polynomial without a significant increase in the number of coefficients in the numerator polynomial of is restricted. An alternative approach is to design a filter without considering the stability issue, and then test the stability of the resulting filter and attempt to stabilize it if it proves unstable. However, testing stability and stabilizing an unstable filter are not easy problems.

In the 1-D case, there are two standard approaches to designing IIR filters. One is to design the filter from an analog system function. And the other is to design directly in the discrete domain. The first approach is typically much simpler and more useful than the second: using an elliptic analog filter’s system function and a bilinear transformation. Unfortunately, this approach is not useful in the 2-D case. In the 1-D case, this approach exploits the availability of many simple methods to design 1-D analog filters. Such simple methods do not exist for the design of 2-D analog filters. The second approach is the design of IIR filter directly in the discrete domain, can be classified into two categories. The first is the spatial domain design technique, where filters are designed by using an error criterion in the spatial domain. The second is the frequency domain design technique, where filters are designed by using an error criterion in the frequency domain. Therefore, the weighted Chebyshev error criterion, also known as the min-max error criterion, is a natural choice for designing IIR filters. An error criterion of this type, however, leads to a highly nonlinear problem [1,2].

2.2. The Stability Problem

In the 1-D case, testing the stability of a causal system whose system function is given by is quite straightforward. Since a 1-D polynomial A(z) can always be factored straightforwardly as a product of first-order polynomials, we can easily determine the poles of H(z). The stability of the causal system is equivalent to having all the poles inside the unit circle. The above approach cannot be used in testing the stability of a 2-D first quadrant support system. That approach requires the specific location of all poles to be determined. Partly because a 2-D polynomial cannot in general be factored as a product of lower-order polynomials, it is extremely difficult to determine all the pole surfaces of, and the approach based on explicit determination of all pole surfaces has not led to successful practical procedures for testing the system stability [1,2].

2.3. Spatial Domain Design

The input often used in IIR filter design is, and the desired impulse response, assumed given, is denoted by. Spatial domain design can be viewed as a system identification problem. Suppose we have an unknown system that we wish to model with a rational system function. One approach to estimating the system model parameters (filter coefficients and in our case), is to require the impulse response of the designed system to be as close as possible in some sense to. The error criterion used in the filter design is




and Re is the support region of the error sequence. Ideally, Re coincides with all values of. The mean square error in (3) is chosen because it is used widely in a number of system identification problems and some variation of it serves as the basis for a number of simple methods developed to estimate the system parameters.

Minimizing the error in (3) with respect to and is a nonlinear problem. An approach is to slightly modify the error in (3), so that the resulting algorithm leads to closed form solutions that require solving only sets of linear equations [1].

Consider a computational procedure given by


We will assume that there are p unknown values of and q + 1 unknown values of, and thus a total of N = p + q + 1 filter coefficients to be determined for a given pair.

Replacing with and with in (4) and noting that

is, we have


Since we wish to approximate as well as we can with, it is reasonable to define an error sequence as the difference between the lefthand and right-hand side expressions of (5)


It is clear that in (6) is not the same as in (3b). The subscript in is used to emphasize that is a modification of. Minimizing with respect to the unknown coefficients and is a linear problem.

a) Prony’s method

In Prony’s method, the error expression minimized is


where is given by (6).

The error in (7) is a quadratic form of the unknown parameters and. Careful observation of the error in (7) shows that can be solved by first solving p linear equations for and then solving q + 1 linear equations for. It is useful to rewrite (7) as






The expression in (8b) consists of terms, and in (8c) consists of a large number of terms. Minimizing in (8) with respect to results in p linear equations for p unknowns given by




Once is determined, we can minimize the error in (8a) with respect to.

Since Prony’s method attempts to reduce the total square error, the resulting filter is likely to be stable [2].

b) Iterative algorithm

The Iterative Algorithm is an extension of a 1-D system identification method developed by Steiglitz and McBride [1,2].

From (6), is related to by


Equation (10) can be rewritten as


The sequence is the inverse of.

From (6) and (11)


From (12), if is somehow given, then is linear in both and, so minimization of with respect to and is a linear problem.


Step 1: We start with an initial estimate of, obtained following a method such as Prony.

Step 2: Obtain from.

Step 3: Minimize with respect to and by solving a set of linear equations.

Step 4: We now have a new estimate of, and the process continues until we get a desired and.

c) Zero-phase filter design

One characteristic of a zero-phase filter is its tendency to preserve the shape of the signal component in the pass band region of the filter. In applications such as speech processing, the zero-phase (or linear phase) characteristic of a filter is not very critical. The human auditory system responds to short time spectral magnitude characteristics, so the shape of a speech waveform can sometimes change drastically without the human listener’s being able to distinguish it from the original. In image processing, the linear phase characteristic appears to be more important. Our visual world consists of lines, scratches, etc. A nonlinear phase distorts the proper registration of different frequency components that make up the lines and scratches. This distorts the signal shape in various ways, including blurring.

It is simple to design zero-phase FIR filters. It is impossible, however, for a single recursively computable IIR filter to have zero phase. To have zero phase, must be equal to. An IIR filter requires an infinite extent, and output mask must have a wedge support. These requirements cannot all be satisfied at the same time. It is possible, however, to achieve zero-phase by using more than one IIR filter. A method particularly well suited to spatial domain design is to divide into different regions, design an IIR filter to approximate in each region, and then combine the filters by using a parallel structure.

Suppose we have a desired, we assume that


We can divide into an even number of regions: Two, four, six, eight, or more.

Suppose we divide into four regions by






where is a first-quadrant support sequence given by


Suppose we use one of the spatial IIR filter design techniques discussed earlier to design that approximates. Similarly, suppose we have designed that approximates. From (13) and (14),


Therefore, that approximates can be obtained from by


Similarly, can be obtained from by


Since, , , and approximate, , and, respectively, will be approximated by given by


has zero phase since . The system in (19) can be implemented by using a parallel structure as shown in Figure 1. The input is filtered by each of the four recursively computable systems, and the results are combined to produce the output.

If has fourfold symmetry,


then can be determined from by


In this case, in (19) is given by


Figure 1. implementation of using a parallel structure.

From (22), only one filter needs to be designed in this case.

2.4. Frequency Domain Design by the Iterative Semi-Definite Programming

Semi-definite programming (SDP) has recently attracted a great deal of research interest. Among other things, the optimization tool was proven to be applicable to the design of various types of FIR digital filters. An attempt on extending the SDP approach to 2-D IIR filters is made in [3]. Throughout this section the IIR filters are assumed to have separable denominators. This assumption simply imposes a constraint on the type of IIR filters being quadratically symmetric. Nevertheless, this class of filters is broad enough to cover practically all types of IIR filters that have been found useful in image/video [4].

Consider a quadratically symmetric 2-D IIR digital filter whose transfer function is given by

, (23)



Since the filter is quadratically symmetric, we have. As a result, there are only unknown variables in (23), which form a -dimension vector


where. Denote the vector x in the kth iteration as and the frequency response of the filter for as. In the neighborhood of, the design variable can be expressed as.

The transfer function can be approximated in terms of a linear function of δ by


where is the gradient of de for.

Problem formulation

The min-max design is obtained as a solution of the following optimization problem:

Minimize                (26)

Subject to:



, , (28)

where μ is treated as an additional design variable, and




W(ω1, ω2) ≥ 0 is a weighting function, the real part of (.), and



is the desired frequency response, forwhere, and


where P is defined below and τ is a positive scalar that stability margin of the filter, and


Denote the vectors formed from the first r components of by. Since the denominator of is separable, it can be shown that the IIR filter with coefficient vector is stable if and only if the magnitudes of the eigenvalues of matrices are strictly less than one, where denote a matrix of size obtained by augmenting the identity matrix with a zero column on the right. Applying the wellknown Lyapunov theory [5], one concludes that matrix Dk is stable if and only if there exists a positive definite matrix P such that


where denotes that matrix M is positive definite. The matrix P in (34) is not considered as a design variable. Rather, this positive definite matrix is fixed in each iteration and can be obtained by solving the Lyapunov equation

, (37)



with P fixed in Yk, the minimization problem in (26) and (27) is an SDP problem of size

Design steps

Given the order of the IIR filter (n, r) and the desired frequency response.

Step 1: The proposed design method starts with an initial point x0 that corresponds to a stable filter obtained using a conventional method.

Step 2: With this x0, a positive definite matrix P can be obtained by solving the Lyapunov equation (37), and the quantities Qk, qk, and ck can be evaluated by using (31)-(33).

Step 3: Next we solve the SDP problem in (26) and (27).

Step 4: The solution obtained can be used to update x0 to x1 = x0 +. The iteration continues until is less than a prescribed tolerance ε.

3. Order Reduction

It is often desirable to represent a high order system by a lower order system. A suitable model reduction procedure should provide a model that approximates the original well, it should produce stable models from a stable original, and it should be able to be implemented on a computer with high computational efficiency and reduced memory requirements. The reduction of models in the state space (SS) realization environment has definite advantages. It is possible to apply the vast knowledge of matrix theory in the analysis, while the nonuniqueness of SS realization allows to choose of using one that is better suited for the purpose at hand [6,7].

3.1. State-Space Model

Roesser’s model is the following [6,7]:


where x is the local state, xh, an n-vector, is the horizontal state, xv, an m-vector, is the vertical state, and



where u, the input, is an l-vector and y, the output, is a p-vector. Clearly xh, the horizontal state, is propagated horizontally, and xv, the vertical state is propagated vertically by first-order difference equations.

The 2-D transfer function can be written as:


It is clear that there is a one-to-one correspondence between Roesser’s model and circuit implementations with delay elements and.

3.2. Minimal State Space Realization

The minimal state-space realizations are not possible for all 2-D transfer functions [8]. However, minimal statespace realizations have been determined for a system with separable denominator [9].

Consider the linear time-invariant 2-D system, described by the spatial transfer function [10]


The numerator coefficients of (41) can be arbitrary, while the denominator coefficients satisfy the following relationship:



The state-space model sought is of the Givone-Roesser type [10], described with and and C2 of dimension and respectively.

The minimal realization in this case requires only dynamic elements. A realization of the statespace can be written as:






, , and [11,12].

3.3. Model Order Reduction Methods

The most popular 1-D model reduction techniques are based on the concept of balanced realization which was originally proposed by Moore [13]. Given a discrete system, its balanced realization describes the system in a state-space representation in which the importance of the ith state variable can be measured by the ith Hankel singular value of the system. This suggest that one way of obtaining a low-order approximation of a state-space model is to form a balanced realization and then to retain those states corresponding to r largest Hankel singular values, where r is the order of the reduced-order system.

One of the problems in the study of 2-D model reduction is to extend the balanced realization concept to the 2-D case. Since a balanced realization is essentially determined by the controllability and observability Gramians of the system, and since there are several types of Gramians of the system that can be properly defined for a given 2-D system, there are different types of balanced realizations for a 2-D discrete system, leading to different balanced approximations [14].

3.3.1. Three Types of Gramians for 2-D Discrete Systems

Consider the Givone-Roesser state-space model of a SISO system described in (39), and define [14]




The first type of 2-D Gramians, known as the pseudocontrollability and observability Gramians [15], are defined as

The second type of Gramians, known as the structured controllability and observability Gramians [16], are defined by the positive definite solutions set of Ps and Qs Lyapunov inequalities

Note that the positive definite matrices Ps and Qs, if they exist, are not unique. This lead to the nonuniqueness of structurally balanced realizations that are based on Ps and Qs.

The third type of Gramians, known as quasi-controllability and observability Gramians [17], are defined by the positive definite block-diagonal matrices and where Pi and Qi (i = 1,2) satisfy the Lyapunov equations:

In terms of computation complexity, the structured Gramians are the most expensive to evaluate while the quasi-Gramians are the most economical [14].

3.3.2. Balanced Realizations Approximation

Since there are at least three types of Gramians, one can accordingly derive three different types of balanced realizations. In effect, once a certain type of Gramians is chosen, the upper left and lower right diagonal blocks of the Gramians are used to compute the transformation matrix by using, for example, Laub’s algorithm [18] such as the realization characterized by is balanced.

A reduced-order system of order, denoted by can be obtained by truncating the matrices A, B, and C as

where [14]

3.3.3. Iterative Algorithm for Computing the Quasi-Gramians

An iterative method for the computation of Quasi-Gramians is described, where each iteration involves solving two 1-D Lyapunov equations. For a 2-D stable system, the algorithm converges very quickly to the 2-D quasiGramians [19].

Step 1: Set, and k =1.

Step 2: Solve the following 1-D Lyapunov equations for and:




Step 3: Solve the following 1-D Lyapunov equations for and:




Step 4: Set k = k + 1 and repeat Steps 2 and 3 until



where ε is a prescribed tolerance [19].

4. Illustrative Simulations

We have divided the simulation into two parts: 2D-filter design and order reduction. The interpretation of the results is given at the end of this section.

Part 1: 2D-filter design

The design has been performed in two domains (see Figures 2-7):

• Spatial domain by two methods: Prony’s method and the Iterative method.

The numerator and the denominator matrices are generated, then we use the funcProny’s method


Figure 2. Zero-phase lowpass IIR filter. (a) Impulse response; (b) Amplitude responses (in decibels), “X-Z” perspective.


Figure 3. Zero-phase bandpass IIR filter. (a) Impulse response; (b) Amplitude responses (in decibels), “X-Z” perspective.

tion Impulse_2D.m to produce the impulse response and frequency response.

• Frequency domain, we use the method of Semidefinite Programming (SDP) to do the same.

For the Prony’s method and Iterative method the IIR digital filters are specified by the following templates:

Filter’s order (the a and b matrix dimension).

The pass band and stop band corresponding to each type of filter are: Lowpass: Rp = [0 0.4], and Rs = [0.5 1].

Iterative method


Figure 4. Zero-phase lowpass IIR filter. (a) Impulse response; (b) Amplitude responses (in decibels), “X-Z” perspective.

Bandpass: Rp = [0.4 0.6], Rs1 = [0 0.3] and Rs2 = [0.7 1].

For the SDP method, let IIR digital filters be specified by the following templates:

Filter order n = 13, m = 13 (the a and b matrix


Figure 5. Zero-phase bandpass IIR filter. (a) Impulse response; (b) Amplitude responses (in decibels), “X-Z” perspective.


The passband and stopband corresponding to each type of filter are:

Lowpass: Rp = [0 0.4], and Rs = [0.5 1].

Bandpass: Rp = [0.48 0.55], Rs1 = [0 0.3] and Rs2 = [0.7 1].

Number of iterations: it = 2.

Part 2: Order reduction


Figure 6. Lowpass IIR filter. (a) Impulse response; (b) Amplitude responses (in decibels), “X-Z” perspective.

We apply the method of Quasi-Gramians to the lowpass filter designed in the first part. First, we use our function tf2ss2_2D.m to transform the transfer function matrices a and b to the state-space model (A, B, C, d); then we applied the Quasi-Gramians method to produce a reduced-order model, (see Figures 8-11).

Iterative method

The order of original filter is: n = 5, m = 5; the total number of coefficient is:


Figure 7. Bandpass IIR filter. (a) Impulse response; (b) Amplitude responses (in decibels), “X-Z” perspective.


The dimensions of the matrices A, B, and C are, , and, respectively.

Number of iterations is: it = 10.

Order of reduced filter is: r1 = 4, r2 = 5.

• The total number of coefficient is


Figure 8. Lowpass IIR filter amplitude responses (in decibels), “X-Z” perspective. (a) Original filter 5 × 5 (200 coefficients); (b) Reduced-order filter 45, (160 coefficients).


• Reduced-order filter (160 coefficients).

SDP method

The order of original filter is: n =13, m = 13.

• The total number of coefficient is:.

• The dimensions of the matrices A, B, and C are andrespective-ly (minimal realization).

Number of iterations is: it = 2.

Order of reduced filter is: r1 = 8, r2 = 8.

• The total number of coefficient is:.


The results obtained lead to the following:

For the design, there is not much difference between the Prony method and the Iterative method. However, we can notice that there is a small improvement at stop-band (attenuation) when Iterative method is applied:

Prony: (lowpass filter);

Iterative: (lowpass filter).

And the results obtained with the SDP method are comparable to the other two methods, but we found a performance decrease in both bands (pass band and stopband). It is possible to improve the results by increasing number of coefficients (n, r) or the number of iterations. A good aspect of this method is the stability, which can be measured by the maximum of the roots of the column or row vectors of the denominator matrix “a”: we found the following results:

max (abs (roots (a (:, 1)))) = 0.8926 for the low-pass filter, and = 0.8578 for the bandpass filter.

where max, abs, and roots are Matlab functions [20].

*The order reduction:

• Since the filter designed by Prony and Iterative methods has a non-minimal realization, and the reduced filter can be unstable, the reduction results are not good (see Figures 8 and 9).

• But the stability is preserved in the SDP method:

For the original filter, max (abs (roots (a (:, 1)))) = 0.8926, and = 0.9119, for the reduced low-pass filter.

The results obtained show that the reduced low-pass filter is acceptable as the number of coefficients decreases from 338 to 128, and the max error between the reduced and original filter is max(E) ≤ 0.02 (cf. Figure 11).

5. Conclusions

In the design stage, stability and zero-phase of a 2-D IIR filter may become big problems. In 1-D we represent a pole or a zero by a point in a 2-D plan (real part and imaginary part), but in 2-D, the poles are surfaces in a 4-D plan, and so it is extremely difficult to test the stability and to stabilize an unstable filter. In image processing, the output image from a system (a filter in this case) can be deformed by the phase nonlinearity.

The reduction also suffers from some problems. The reduction in the state-space by conventional methods, for example, using a balanced transformation, requires a minimal realization of a transfer function in state-space, and then to find a method to compute the transformation matrix to a balanced model, which requires to maintain the stability and reduce as much as possible the computation effort.

Figure 9. Error specter between original and reduced filter.


Figure 10. Lowpass IIR filter amplitude responses (in decibels), “X-Z” perspective. (a) Original filter 1313 (338 coefficients); (b) Reduced-order filter 8 × 8 (128 coefficients).

• In this paper, we attempt to find a design method that solves these problems with conventional methods, such as Prony’s method or Iterative method, which are based on identification ideas. For a zero-phase filter, we divided the support region of the desired impulse response on four regions, then we have synthesized the four filters (one filter in the case where has a four-fold symmetry) by the Prony method or Iterative method. The result is a linear phase filter which has minimal order (the total num-

Figure 11. Error specter between original and reduced filter.

ber of coefficients is 200). In the method for Semidefinite Programming (the total number of coefficients is 338), but in this method the stability is guaranteed, with approximately linear phase.

• In the order reduction, we have chosen the method of Quasi-Gramians due to its simplicity. But this method has a disadvantage that it does not preserve the stability in general, but if the system has a separable denominator, the reduced system remains stable, as a filter designed by the SDP method.


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