13 September 2012 Measuring the effectiveness of simulated LSST observing programs
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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will record approximately 2.5x10^6 images over a 10-year interval, using 6 optical filters, with a wide variety of cadences on time scales of seconds to years. The observing program will be of a complexity that it can only be realized with heavily automated scheduling. The LSST OpSim team has devised a schedule simulator to support development of that capability. This paper addresses the complex problem of how to measure the success of a schedule simulation for realization of science objectives. Tools called Merit Functions evaluate the patterns and other properties of scheduled image acquisitions.
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Stephen T. Ridgway, Srinivasan Chandrasekharan, Kem H. Cook, R. Lynne Jones, K. Simon Krughoff, Catherine Petry, Željko Ivezić, "Measuring the effectiveness of simulated LSST observing programs", Proc. SPIE 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV, 844810 (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926306; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.926306
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