Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 April 2012
An automated rapid classification of the transient events detected in modern synoptic sky surveys is essential for their scientific utility and effective follow-up when resources are scarce. This problem will grow by orders of magnitude with the next generation of surveys. We are exploring a variety of novel automated classification techniques, mostly Bayesian, to respond to those challenges, using the ongoing CRTS sky survey as a testbed. We describe briefly some of the methods used.