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Fast nonlinear regression via eigenimages applied to galactic morphology

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Fast nonlinear regression via eigenimages applied to galactic morphology
Astronomy increasingly faces the issue of massive datasets. For instance, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has so far generated tens of millions of images of distant galaxies, of which only a tiny fraction have been morphologically classified. Our aim is to reduce each dataset image to a small set of informative features, in this case by using a known parameterized model of the image contents, and replacing each image with its best-fit parameters. This is a standard nonlinear regression problem, whose challenges are fourfold, 1) the atmospheric and mirror-based distortion suffered by each image, 2) large numbers of local minima, 3) large amounts of noise, and 4) the speed required to cope with the massiveness of the datasets. Our strategy is to use the known model's eigenimages to form a new basis, then to map both the target images and the model parameters into this eigenspace, and finally to find the best image-to-parameter matches within the space. To do this, we create a d...
Brigham Anderson, Andrew W. Moore, Andrew Connolly
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where KDD
Authors Brigham Anderson, Andrew W. Moore, Andrew Connolly, Robert Nichol
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