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Sep
10
comment Machine Learning Algorithm for Heating/Lighting Optimization
Thanks mistermeta. I've actually decided to use a neural network. I'm in the process of refining my GUI, but so far, it seems to be working pretty well. I appreciate all of the feedback.
Mar
19
comment Machine Learning Algorithm for Heating/Lighting Optimization
Thanks Robert. I agree with Peter... excellent advice! Just one follow up. Do you think fuzzy controllers (as suggested above) would be the most appropriate type of controller for this application? Also, you mention some simple learning algorithms to 'tweak the constants'. What kind of learning algorithm did you have in mind? Thanks again for the advice.
Mar
19
comment Machine Learning Algorithm for Heating/Lighting Optimization
Hi Paul. Ok... I get that I was a bit vague in describing the problem. It's actually a multi-objective problem where I'm trying to optimize for both user comfort and energy performance. In an ideal set up, I'd have a slider in the preferences menu allowing the user to select which of the two parameters should get priority (which would weight both selections). Does this help? Or still too vague? To be clear... I wasn't trying to use all of those algorithms... just trying to figure which one might lead to a good solution.
Mar
19
comment Machine Learning Algorithm for Heating/Lighting Optimization
Thanks Peter. I have read a few papers which apply fuzzy logic to this sort of problem... with some decent results. I understood fuzzy logic as a way to determine if a variable was either in or out of a certain set (hence the fuzzy distinction). But, would fuzzy logic help in determining the most appropriate course of action (ie. is it better to turn on a fan vs. turning on the AC unit? Which do you prioritize and when?) Do you think fuzzy controllers can deal with this sort of optimization?
Mar
19
comment Machine Learning Algorithm for Heating/Lighting Optimization
@Peter, I've actually also designed other pieces of hardware to help control the environment locally. But, I can wirelessly control desk fans, heaters, task lights, as well as AC units (which heat and cool), and overhead lights whose color/brightness can be controlled. So, there are a lot of different output conditions which can be adjusted based on the 'learned' preferences of the individual.
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