Exploring the spectroscopic diversity of type Ia supernovae with Deep Learning and Unsupervised Clustering
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 30 May 2017
The existence of multiple subclasses of type Ia supernovae (SNeIa) has been the subject of great debate in the last decade. In this work, we show how machine learning tools facilitate identification of subtypes of SNe Ia. Using Deep Learning for dimensionality reduction, we were capable of performing such identification in a parameter space of significantly lower dimension than its principal component analysis counterpart. This is evidence that the progenitor system and the explosion mechanism can be described with a small number of initial physical parameters. All tools used here are publicly available in the Python package DRACULA (Dimensionality Reduction And Clustering for Unsupervised Learning in Astronomy) and can be found within COINtoolbox (https://github.com/COINtoolbox/DRACULA).
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- Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union , Volume 12 , Symposium S325: Astroinformatics , October 2016 , pp. 247 - 252
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