We apply a convolutional neural network (CNN) to classify and detect quasars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Stripe 82 and also to predict the photometric redshifts of quasars. The network takes the variability of objects into account by converting light curves into images. The width of the images, noted w, corresponds to the five magnitudes ugriz and the height of the images, noted h, represents the date of the observation. The CNN provides good results since its precision is 0.988 for a recall of 0.90, compared to a precision of 0.985 for the same recall with a random forest classifier. Moreover 175 new quasar candidates are found with the CNN considering a fixed recall of 0.97. The combination of probabilities given by the CNN and the random forest makes good performance even better with a precision of 0.99 for a recall of 0.90.
For the redshift predictions, the CNN presents excellent results which are higher than those obtained with a feature extraction step and different classifiers (a K-nearest-neighbors, a support vector machine, a random forest and a gaussian process classifier). Indeed, the accuracy of the CNN within |\Delta z|<0.1 can reach 78.09%, within |\Delta z|<0.2 reaches 86.15%, within |\Delta z|<0.3 reaches 91.2% and the value of rms is 0.359. The performance of the KNN decreases for the three |\Delta z| regions, since within the accuracy of |\Delta z|<0.1, |\Delta z|<0.2 and |\Delta z|<0.3 is 73.72%, 82.46% and 90.09% respectively, and the value of rms amounts to 0.395. So the CNN successfully reduces the dispersion and the catastrophic redshifts of quasars. This new method is very promising for the future of big databases like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.
J. Pasquet-Itam and J. Pasquet
Fri, 8 Dec 17