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This topic shows how to estimate transfer function models in the System Identification app.

In the System Identification app, select

**Estimate**>**Transfer Function Models**The Transfer Functions dialog box opens.

**Tip**For more information on the options in the dialog box, click

**Help**.In the

**Number of poles**and**Number of zeros**fields, specify the number of poles and zeros of the transfer function as nonnegative integers.Select

**Continuous-time**or**Discrete-time**to specify whether the model is a continuous- or discrete-time transfer function.For discrete-time models, the number of poles and zeros refers to the roots of the numerator and denominator polynomials expressed in terms of the lag variable

`q^-1`

.(For discrete-time models only) Specify whether to estimate the model feedthrough. Select the

**Feedthrough**check box.A discrete-time model with 2 poles and 3 zeros takes the following form:

$$H({z}^{-1})=\frac{b0+b1{z}^{-1}+b2{z}^{-2}+b3{z}^{-3}}{1+a1{z}^{-1}+a2{z}^{-2}}$$

When the model has direct feedthrough,

`b0`

is a free parameter whose value is estimated along with the rest of the model parameters`b1`

,`b2`

,`b3`

,`a1`

,`a2`

. When the model has no feedthrough,`b0`

is fixed to zero.Expand the

**I/O Delay**section to specify nominal values and constraints for transport delays for different input/output pairs.Use the

**Output**list to select an output. Select the**Fixed**check box to specify a transport delay as a fixed value. Specify its nominal value in the**Delay**field.Expand the

**Estimation Options**section to specify estimation options.Set the range slider to the desired passband to specify the frequency range over which the transfer function model must fit the data. By default the entire frequency range (0 to Nyquist frequency) is covered.

Select

**Display progress**to view the progress of the optimization.Select

**Estimate covariance**to estimate the covariance of the transfer function parameters.(For frequency-domain data only) Specify whether to allow the estimation process to use parameter values that may lead to unstable models. Select the

**Allow unstable models**option.Setting this option is same as setting the estimation option

`Focus`

to`'prediction'`

at the command line. An unstable model is delivered only if it produces a better fit to the data than other stable models computed during the estimation process.Specify how to treat the initial conditions in the

**Initial condition**list. For more information, see Specifying Initial Conditions for Iterative Estimation of Transfer Functions.Specify the algorithm used to initialize the values of the numerator and denominator coefficients in the

**Initialization method**list.`IV`

— Instrument Variable approach.`SVF`

— State Variable Filters approach.`N4SID`

— Generalized Poisson Moment Functions approach.`GPMF`

— Subspace state-space estimation approach.`All`

— Combination of all of the above approaches. The software tries all the above methods and selects the method that yields the smallest value of prediction error norm.

Click

**Regularization**to obtain regularized estimates of model parameters. Specify the regularization constants in the Regularization Options dialog box. To learn more, see Regularized Estimates of Model Parameters.Click

**Iterations Options**to specify options for controlling the iterations. The Options for Iterative Minimization dialog box opens.Click

**Estimate**to estimate the model. A new model gets added to the System Identification app.