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Paper: Massive Data Exploration in Astronomy:
What Does Cognitive Have To Do With It?
Volume: 523, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVIII
Page: 133
Authors: Borne, K.
Abstract: There has been a tendency for astronomers to avoid unsupervised data exploration, due to the characterization of this approach as a non-scientific fishing expedition. But, a cognitive approach to massive data exploration has the potential to amplify hypothesis formulation and question generation for greater astronomical discovery. The incorporation of contextual data from other wavelengths and other surveys provides the basis for seeing interestingness in the multi-dimensional properties of sources that might otherwise appear uninteresting in a single survey catalog. Some suggested methods for cognitive exploration will be presented, including computer vision algorithms that “see” emergent patterns in the multi-dimensional parameter space of astronomical data.
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