University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Monday, March 6th 2017
12:15 pm:
Speaker: Darryl Wright, UMN
Subject: Supernova Hunters: combining human and machine classifications

Efficient identification and follow-up of astronomical transients is hindered by the need to manually select promising candidates from data streams that contain many false positives. With data from Pan-STARRS1 we present the citizen science project, Supernova Hunters created with the Zooniverse project builder. The project allows us to crowdsource classifications of supernova candidates, and test methods to combine human and machine classifications. We show this combination produces a purer and more complete sample of supernovae than either individually.

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