Covariance... I don't get it... [closed]

asked 2014-01-21 02:28:10 -0600

Hendrik Wiese gravatar image

Hi folks,

as someone who has never had the opportunity to participate in a calculus of probability course I don't have the faintest clue of how covariance works. But it seems that I need to in order to get navigation, SLAM and actual driving to run optimally.

Assuming a differential robot with wheel encoders (decoupled from the driveshafts to avoid slippage) and a laser scanner, why, where, how... covariance... and... well, actually... I basically don't even know where to start asking.

Is there anybody out there who can explain covariance to me like I'm five? I'd be deeply grateful and I apologize for a not that well couched question.

Cheers, Hendrik

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lanyusea gravatar imagelanyusea ( 2014-01-21 12:36:08 -0600 )edit

Wikipedia is unsuitable to help understanding mathematical problems if you lack even the basics. So, yes, I've tried and I've failed to wrap my head around it.

Hendrik Wiese gravatar imageHendrik Wiese ( 2014-01-21 20:27:48 -0600 )edit