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3. The Weight Matrix

Equation E-4 is the general matrix algorithm for observation equations with weight matrix, [W], included; Equation E-5 is the matrix solution for the unknowns.

Equation E-4
Equation E-5

Because each observation has a weight, [W] is a diagonal m x m matrix, Figure E-5.

Figure E-5
Weight Matrix


The iwi element is the weight for the ith observation. Off-diagonal elements are zero.

Since the weight matrix appears on both sides of Equation E-4, it cancels when computing the residuals, Equation E-6.

  Equation E-6


Weights are used in the standard deviation of the unit weight computation, Equation E-7.

  Equation E-7


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