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  1. In this article, we revisit the sequential source-coding framework to analyze fundamental performance limitations of discrete-time stochastic control systems subject to feedback data-rate constraints in finite-time horizon. The basis of our results is a new characterization of the lower bound on the minimum total-rate achieved by sequential codes subject to a total (across time) distortion constraint and a computational algorithm that allocates optimally the rate-distortion, for a given distortion level, at each instant of time and any fixed finite-time horizon. The idea behind this characterization facilitates the derivation of analytical , nonasymptotic , and finite-dimensional lower and upper bounds in two control-related scenarios: a) A parallel time-varying Gauss–Markov process with identically distributed spatial components that are quantized and transmitted through a noiseless channel to a minimum mean-squared error decoder; and b) a time-varying quantized linear quadratic Gaussian (LQG) closed-loop control system, with identically distributed spatial components and with a random data-rate allocation. Our nonasymptotic lower bound on the quantized LQG control problem reveals the absolute minimum data-rates for (mean square) stability of our time-varying plant for any fixed finite-time horizon. We supplement our framework with illustrative simulation experiments. 
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