Poster abstract details

Prototype-based Analysis of GAMA Galaxy Catalogue Data.
Aleke Nolte, Lingyu Wang, Michael Biehl


We present a prototype-based machine learning analysis of labeled galaxy catalogue data containing parameters from the Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey. Using both an unsupervised and supervised method, the Self-Organizing Map and Generalized Relevance Matrix Learning Vector Quantization, we find that the data does not fully support the popular visual-inspection-based galaxy classification scheme employed to categorize the galaxies. In particular, only one class, the Little Blue Spheroids, is consistently separable from the other classes. In a proof-of-concept experiment, we present the galaxy parameters that are most discriminative for this class.