Target Prioritization

The generic target prioritization framework, developed by Fink, addresses the problem of automated prioritization of target selection and instrument usage, applicable to Earth and Space reconnaissance missions. The framework is based on the assumptions that clustering of preliminary data for identified targets within an operational area has occurred and that the clustering quality can be expressed as an objective function. Target prioritization then means to rank targets according to their probability of changing the objective function value upon close reexamination. The mathematical formalism of the target prioritization framework allows for the calculation of these probabilities and the probabilities for instruments aboard a science craft to contribute to this change of the objective function value.