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The use of markov decision processes for Australian naval aviation training schedules

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posted on 2024-06-03, 18:52 authored by S Suvorova, B Moran, A Novak, Terry Caelli
Optimization of pilot training schedules has unique features, including high costs, high and highly variable failure rates, small numbers of trainees, the need to maintain a number of available graduates in squadrons, and, particularly, the requirement to use graduates as course instructors. Currently in the Royal Australian Navy, a heuristic short planning horizon is in use to estimate recruitment numbers to retain operational capability into the future. In this paper, we explore how a Markov decision process (MDP) model can be applied and qualitatively compare it with shorter-term integer linear programming. Results demonstrate the robustness of the MDP formulation.

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Journal

Military Operations Research

Volume

24

Pagination

31-46

Location

Alexandria, Va.

ISSN

0275-5823

eISSN

2163-2758

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

MILITARY OPERATIONS RESEARCH SOC

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