auto-encoder for calibration data

Connor Hainje (NYU) is looking at whether we could build a hierarchical or generative model of SDSS-V BOSS spectrograph calibration data, such that we could reduce the survey's per-visit calibration overheads. He started by building an auto-encoder, which is a simple, self-supervised generative model. It works really well! We discussed how to judge performance (held-out data) and how performance should depend on the size of the latent space (I predict that it won't want a large latent space). We also decided that we should announce an SDSS-V project and send out a call for collaboration.

[Note added later: Contardo (SISSA) points out that an autoencoder is not a generative model. That's right, but there are multiple definitions of generative model; only one of which is that you can sample from it. Another is that it is a parameterized model that can predict the data. Another is that it is a likelihood function for the parameters. But she's right: We are going to punk parts of the auto-encoder into a generative model in the sense of a likelihood function.]

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