astroML workshop at the 235th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Monday, 6 January 2020 | 13:00 – 17:00

This workshop will introduce the astronomical community to the 2nd edition of the book Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning in Astronomy and the associated software package astroML. The goal is to introduce participants to a variety of statistical and machine learning tools available within the open source astroML library. The format will be interactive, including short presentations on different machine learning methodologies followed by instructor-guided, Jupyter notebook based tutorials. In these tutorial sessions participants will be able to try out the tools and to ask questions from expert users and developers.

Our primary focus will be on the new material and applications in the 2nd edition of the book. These include:

  • Traditional machine learning techniques for density estimation,

  • Approximate Bayesian computation,

  • Hierarchical Bayesian models,

  • Autoencoders as tools for data compression,

  • Deep learning and convolutional neural networks.

In each tutorial example applications will be based on astronomical use cases and data sets. At the end of the workshop we will present a roadmap for future developments in astroML.

This workshop is suitable for those with existing Python knowledge, including familiarity with the core packages in the numerical Python ecosystem such as numpy, scipy, scikit-learn, and matplotlib.

Registration is open at the website of the meeting.