Astrophysical Data Analytics based on Neural Gas Models, using the Classification of Globular Clusters as Playground [IMA]

In Astrophysics, the identification of candidate Globular Clusters through deep, wide-field, single band HST images, is a typical data analytics problem, where methods based on Machine Learning have revealed a high efficiency and reliability, demonstrating the capability to improve the traditional approaches. Here we experimented some variants of the known Neural Gas model, exploring both supervised and unsupervised paradigms of Machine Learning, on the classification of Globular Clusters, extracted from the NGC1399 HST data. Main focus of this work was to use a well-tested playground to scientifically validate such kind of models for further extended experiments in astrophysics and using other standard Machine Learning methods (for instance Random Forest and Multi Layer Perceptron neural network) for a comparison of performances in terms of purity and completeness.

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G. Angora, M. Brescia, G. Riccio, et. al.
Thu, 12 Oct 17

Comments: Proceedings of the XIX International Conference “Data Analytics and Management in Data Intensive Domains” (DAMDID/RCDL 2017), Moscow, Russia, October 10-13, 2017, 8 pages, 4 figures