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# Riccati equation

Summary
In mathematics, a Riccati equation in the narrowest sense is any first-order ordinary differential equation that is quadratic in the unknown function. In other words, it is an equation of the form : y'(x) = q_0(x) + q_1(x) , y(x) + q_2(x) , y^2(x) where q_0(x) \neq 0 and q_2(x) \neq 0. If q_0(x) = 0 the equation reduces to a Bernoulli equation, while if q_2(x) = 0 the equation becomes a first order linear ordinary differential equation. The equation is named after Jacopo Riccati (1676–1754). More generally, the term Riccati equation is used to refer to matrix equations with an analogous quadratic term, which occur in both continuous-time and discrete-time linear-quadratic-Gaussian control. The steady-state (non-dynamic) version of these is referred to as the algebraic Riccati equation. Conversion to a second order linear equation The non-linear Riccati equation can always be converted to a second ord
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