Analysis of Naval Aviation Selection Test Data with Nonlinear Models. Part 1. Parameter Estimation.
Interim rept. Dec 88-Dec 89,
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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The purpose of this paper is basically tutorial in nature and, as such, describes an algorithm for estimating the parameters of a nonlinear model. This algorithm is called simulated annealing. The actual workings of this algorithm are examined in some detail. The reason for studying this algorithm is because statistical analysis of naval aviation selection test data has always relied on the use of linear regression models. Linear models represent only a small subset of possible mathematical models that could be used as an empirical tool to predict aviator performance. Specifically, the whole class of nonlinear models has not been addressed. Recent research into neural networks and parallel distributed processing has uncovered some interesting nonlinear models. We intend to reanalyze the test scores of student naval aviators with a nonlinear model borrowed from the neural network literature. We hope that this new class of nonlinear models will be a more powerful tool in predicting aviator performance and will result in an improved naval aviator selection test battery.
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