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Statistical engineering approach to improve the realism of computer-simulated experiments with aircraft trajectory clustering

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] This article presents a statistical engineering approach for clustering aircraft trajectories. The clustering methodology was developed to address the need to incorporate more realistic trajectories in fast time computer simulations used to evaluate an aircraft spacing algorithm. The methodology is a combination of Dynamic Time Warping and k-Means clustering, and can be viewed as one of many possible solutions to the immediate problem. The implementation of this statistical engineering approach is also repeatable, scalable, and extendable to the investigation of other air traffic management technologies. Development of the clustering methodology is presented in addition to an application and description of results.

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  • Topics: Engineering, Statistics, Design of Experiments
  • Keywords: Clustering, Aircraft, Algorithm, Simulations, Statistical engineering
  • Author: Wilson, Sara R.; Swieringa, Kurt A.; Leonard, Robert D.; Freitag, Evan; Edwards, David J.;
  • Journal: Quality Engineering