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Paper: Birds of a Feather Session on Machine Learning in Astronomy
Volume: 522, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVII
Page: 439
Authors: Polsterer, K. L.
Abstract: The amount and size of astronomical data-sets was growing rapidly in the last decades. Now, with new technologies and dedicated survey telescopes, the databases are growing even faster. VO-standards provide an uniform access to this data. What still is required, is a new way to analyze and tools to deal with these large data resources. E.g., common diagnostic diagrams have proven to be good tools to solve questions in the past, but they fail for millions of objects in high dimensional features spaces. Besides dealing with poly-structed and complex data, the time domain has become a new field of scientific interest. By applying technologies from the field of computer sciences, astronomical data can be accessed more efficiently. Machine learning is a key tool to make use of the nowadays freely available datasets. This BoF exemplarily presented good practices based on the application of machine learning techniques to scientific questions in astronomy. After a short presentations the challenges and chances related to the usage of these methods have been discussed.
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