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Elahe is investigating potential scheduling algorithms (note: this means, what kinds of algorithms are useful, from an operations research point of view, in developing scheduler ‘controllers’), and as part of that development, she is building prototype cost functions and evaluations of the resulting observations. Currently she is investigating ‘approximate optimal control’ solutions. The scheduling algorithms are focused on optimizing observations within a single night.
One of the questions in developing a scheduler controller is, should there be different controllers for different kinds of nights? Or are nights similar enough that one controller could be trained to operate on all nights?
Differences in nights might be:
length of the night (winter/summer), cloudiness or weather prediction for the night (mostly cloudy/big clouds, slightly cloudy/small clouds, no clouds), and lunar phase.
A related question would be, if there are different kinds of nights, what is the level of difference between the extremes and what kind of granularity would be expected between the different levels?