#### Carlevaris-Bianco, N.; Kaess, M.; Eustice, R.M., **Generic Node Removal for Factor-Graph SLAM**, Robotics, IEEE Transactions on , vol.30, no.6, pp.1371,1385, Dec. 2014. DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2014.2347571

This paper reports on a generic factor-based method for node removal in factor-graph simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), which we call generic linear constraints (GLCs). The need for a generic node removal tool is motivated by long-term SLAM applications, whereby nodes are removed in order to control the computational cost of graph optimization. GLC is able to produce a new set of linearized factors over the elimination clique that can represent either the true marginalization (i.e., dense GLC) or a sparse approximation of the true marginalization using a Chow-Liu tree (i.e., sparse GLC). The proposed algorithm improves upon commonly used methods in two key ways: First, it is not limited to graphs with strictly full-state relative-pose factors and works equally well with other low-rank factors, such as those produced by monocular vision. Second, the new factors are produced in such a way that accounts for measurement correlation, which is a problem encountered in other methods that rely strictly upon pairwise measurement composition. We evaluate the proposed method over multiple real-world SLAM graphs and show that it outperforms other recently proposed methods in terms of Kullback–Leibler divergence. Additionally, we experimentally demonstrate that the proposed GLC method provides a principled and flexible tool to control the computational complexity of long-term graph SLAM, with results shown for ${34.9}, {rm {h}}$ of real-world indoor–outdoor data covering ${147.4}{hbox{ km}}$ collected over $27$ mapping sessions spanning a period of $15$ months.