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27 July 1999 Goal lattices for sensor management
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A new methodology for quantifying the relative contribution of specific sensor actions to a set of mission goals is presented. The mission goals are treated as a set, and an ordering relationship is applied to it leading to a partially ordered set which can be represented as a lattice. At each layer in the lattice, each goal's value is computed as the sum of the (higher) goals in which it is included and its value is apportioned among the (lower) goals which it includes. A system designer is forced to make a zero-sum apportionment of each goal's value among those goals which it includes. The net result of this methodology is a quantifiable measure of the contributing value of each real type of sensor action to the system of goals, leading to more effective allocation of resources. While applied here to sensor scheduling, the method has applications to other decision making processes as well.
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Kenneth J. Hintz and Gregory A. McIntyre "Goal lattices for sensor management", Proc. SPIE 3720, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition VIII, (27 July 1999);

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