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J/MNRAS/476/2117        Outliers and similarity in APOGEE          (Reis+, 2018)

Detecting outliers and learning complex structures with large spectroscopic surveys - a case study with APOGEE stars. Reis I., Poznanski D., Baron D., Zasowski G., Shahaf S. <Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 476, 2117 (2018)> =2018MNRAS.476.2117R (SIMBAD/NED BibCode)
ADC_Keywords: Spectroscopy ; Stars, normal Keywords: methods: data analysis - stars: general - stars: peculiar Abstract: In this work we apply and expand on a recently introduced outlier detection algorithm that is based on an unsupervised random forest. We use the algorithm to calculate a similarity measure for stellar spectra from the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE). We show that the similarity measure traces non-trivial physical properties and contains information about complex structures in the data. We use it for visualization and clustering of the dataset, and discuss its ability to find groups of highly similar objects, including spectroscopic twins. Using the similarity matrix to search the dataset for objects allows us to find objects that are impossible to find using their best fitting model parameters. This includes extreme objects for which the models fail, and rare objects that are outside the scope of the model. We use the similarity measure to detect outliers in the dataset, and find a number of previously unknown Be-type stars, spectroscopic binaries, carbon rich stars, young stars, and a few that we cannot interpret. Our work further demonstrates the potential for scientific discovery when combining machine learning methods with modern survey data. Description: t-SNE is a dimensionality reduction algorithm that is particularly well suited for the visualization of high-dimensional datasets. We use t-SNE to visualize our distance matrix. A-priori, these distances could define a space with almost as many dimensions as objects, i.e., tens of thousand of dimensions. Obviously, since many stars are quite similar, and their spectra are defined by a few physical parameters, the minimal spanning space might be smaller. By using t-SNE we can examine the structure of our sample projected into 2D. We use our distance matrix as input to the t-SNE algorithm and in return get a 2D map of the objects in our dataset. For each star in a sample of 183232 APOGEE stars, the APOGEE IDs of the 99 stars with most similar spectra (according to the method described in paper), ordered by similarity. File Summary:
FileName Lrecl Records Explanations
ReadMe 80 . This file apogeenn.dat 1899 183232 Nearest neighbors APOGEE IDs distance.dat 1602 183232 Distances to nearest neighbors tsnecoor.dat 56 193556 t-SNE coordinates (map in paper)
See also: J/AJ/146/133 : SDSS-III APOGEE DR10 stellar parameters (Meszaros+, 2013) J/ApJ/794/125 : IN-SYNC. I. APOGEE stellar parameters (Cottaar+, 2014) J/A+A/589/A80 : APOGEE strings (Hacar+, 2016) J/A+A/594/A43 : APOGEE/Kepler sample stars abundances (Hawkins+, 2016) J/MNRAS/460/3179 : APOGEE stars distance and extinction (Wang+, 2016) Byte-by-byte Description of file: apogeenn.dat
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Byte-by-byte Description of file: distance.dat
Bytes Format Units Label Explanations
1- 18 A18 --- Target Target name 20- 34 F15.13 --- Dist1 Distance matrix to 1st nearest neighbor of Target 36- 50 F15.13 --- Dist2 Distance matrix to 2nd nearest neighbor of Target 52- 66 F15.13 --- Dist3 Distance matrix to 3rd nearest neighbor of Target 68- 82 F15.13 --- Dist4 Distance matrix to 4th nearest neighbor of Target 84- 98 F15.13 --- Dist5 Distance matrix to 5th nearest neighbor of Target 100-114 F15.13 --- Dist6 Distance matrix to 6th nearest neighbor of Target 116-130 F15.13 --- Dist7 Distance matrix to 7th nearest neighbor of Target 132-146 F15.13 --- Dist8 Distance matrix to 8th nearest neighbor of Target 148-162 F15.13 --- Dist9 Distance matrix to 9th nearest neighbor of Target 164-178 F15.13 --- Dist10 Distance matrix to 10th nearest neighbor of Target 180-194 F15.13 --- Dist11 Distance matrix to 11th nearest neighbor of Target 196-210 F15.13 --- Dist12 Distance matrix to 12th nearest neighbor of Target 212-226 F15.13 --- Dist13 Distance matrix to 13th nearest neighbor of Target 228-242 F15.13 --- Dist14 Distance matrix to 14th nearest neighbor of Target 244-258 F15.13 --- Dist15 Distance matrix to 15th nearest neighbor of Target 260-274 F15.13 --- Dist16 Distance matrix to 16th nearest neighbor of Target 276-290 F15.13 --- Dist17 Distance matrix to 17th nearest neighbor of Target 292-306 F15.13 --- Dist18 Distance matrix to 18th nearest neighbor of Target 308-322 F15.13 --- Dist19 Distance matrix to 19th nearest neighbor of Target 324-338 F15.13 --- Dist20 Distance matrix to 20th nearest neighbor of Target 340-354 F15.13 --- Dist21 Distance matrix to 21th nearest neighbor of Target 356-370 F15.13 --- Dist22 Distance matrix to 22th nearest neighbor of Target 372-386 F15.13 --- Dist23 Distance matrix to 23th nearest neighbor of Target 388-402 F15.13 --- Dist24 Distance matrix to 24th nearest neighbor of Target 404-418 F15.13 --- Dist25 Distance matrix to 25th nearest neighbor of Target 420-434 F15.13 --- Dist26 Distance matrix to 26th nearest neighbor 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Byte-by-byte Description of file: tsnecoor.dat
Bytes Format Units Label Explanations
1- 18 A18 --- Target Target name 20- 37 E18.15 --- t-SNE-X t-SNE map X coordinate 39- 56 E18.15 --- t-SNE-Y t-SNE map Y coordinate
Acknowledgements: Itamar Reis, itamarreis(at)mail.tau.ac.il
(End) Itamar Reis [Tel-Aviv Uni.], Patricia Vannier [CDS] 28-Dec-2017
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