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This paper studies the problem of sequential Gaussian binary hypothesis testing in a distributed multi-agent network. A sequential probability ratio test (SPRT) type algorithm in a distributed framework of the consensus+innovations form is proposed, in which the agents update their decision statistics by simultaneously processing latest observations (innovations) sensed sequentially over time and information obtained from neighboring agents (consensus). For each pre-specified set of type I and type II error probabilities, local decision parameters are derived which ensure that the algorithm achieves the desired error performance and terminates in finite time almost surely (a.s.) at each network agent. Large deviation exponents for the tail probabilities of the agent stopping time distributions are obtained and it is shown that asymptotically (in the number of agents or in the high signal-to-noise-ratio regime) these exponents associated with the distributed algorithm approach that of the optimal centralized detector. The expected stopping time for the proposed algorithm at each network agent is evaluated and characterized in terms of network connectivity. Finally, simulation studies are presented which illustrate and verify the analytical findings





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Proceedings of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, 723-727.