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I am a Computer Engineering major and would like to learn more about machine learning methods in Astronomy. What books or other resources could I use?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Sir Cumference, Hohmannfan, FJC, adrianmcmenamin, zephyr Oct 13 '16 at 16:16

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  • $\begingroup$ There may be some information on Galaxy Zoo - if I remember right they use volunteers online to identify galaxies, and the long term goal is to use the data to train search algorithms. This blog entry may be useful. $\endgroup$ – Andy Oct 10 '16 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ Isn't asking for resources OT in this SE topic? $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Oct 11 '16 at 11:36
  • $\begingroup$ Voted close as this is very opinion based. The question is not related to facts of astronomy and astrophysics, just a request for resources. Personally I would suggest Google. $\endgroup$ – FJC Oct 12 '16 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ @FJC Data mining & machine learning are the methods of contemporary astronomy... I do not see how this is not related to the question. $\endgroup$ – Marek Sagan Oct 12 '16 at 17:11
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    $\begingroup$ @MarekSagan To clarify: you are not asking a question about methods of data mining or a specific use of machine learning, you are asking for book recommendations. Any answer will be one persons opinion on what is a good book/website resource, not a scientific researched fact or theory. Google gives you a lot of resources (books/websites/papers) to get you started, and if you can't understand a specific thing you can come back here to ask questions, but this isn't the correct forum for your question at this stage. $\endgroup$ – FJC Oct 13 '16 at 11:10
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This recent KISSCaltech lecture by Prof. Rob Fergus at the NYU might be of interest. "An Overview of Machine Learning Approaches: Applications to Exoplanet Detection".

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  • $\begingroup$ What about books? I would like to have some solid literature to come back to while I do my research... $\endgroup$ – Marek Sagan Oct 10 '16 at 16:42
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    $\begingroup$ Would you mind expanding on this, or at least give a description about why it's good? Right now this seems like a link-only answer. $\endgroup$ – Sir Cumference Oct 10 '16 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ @SirCumference Well, I first posted it as a comment. But since the question asks for "other resources", I thought that this current overview lecture of machine learning applied to exoplanets, from a renowned source, would be satisfactory as a partial answer. Since it might not yet be the content of text books. It's as valid as the question is formulated. It $\endgroup$ – LocalFluff Oct 10 '16 at 19:36
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    $\begingroup$ @LocalFluff I'd say the answer still should have an overview on what the link is, why it's good, or at least some kind of elaboration. $\endgroup$ – Sir Cumference Oct 10 '16 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ This is an incredibly useful answer, thanks for that Fluffster. (I'm not knocking SirCumf, by the way; my comment is coincidental.) $\endgroup$ – Fattie Oct 11 '16 at 12:30

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