Supervised and unsupervised classification — The case of IRAS point sources

  • H. -M. Adorf
  • E. J. A. Meurs
VII Methods and Tools
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 310)


Progress is reported on a project which aims at mapping the extragalactic sky in order to derive the large scale distribution of luminous matter. Our approach consists in selecting from the IRAS Point Source Catalog a set of galaxies which is as clean and as complete as possible. The decision and discrimination problems involved lend themselves to a treatment using methods from multivariate statistics, in particular statistical pattern recognition. Two different approaches - one based on supervised Bayesian classification, the other on unsupervised data-driven classification - are presented and some preliminary results are reported.


Galactic Centre Galactic Plane Unsupervised Classification Gould Belt European Southern Observatory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. -M. Adorf
    • 1
  • E. J. A. Meurs
    • 2
  1. 1.Space Telescope - European Coordinating Facility European Southern ObservatoryGarching b. MünchenGermany
  2. 2.European Southern ObservatoryGarching b. MünchenGermany

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