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Radio Galaxy Zoo: CLARAN - a deep learning classifier for radio morphologies

Wu, C, Wong, OI, Rudnick, L, Shabala, SS ORCID: 0000-0001-5064-0493, Alger, MJ, Banfield, JK, Ong, CS, White, SV, Garon, AF, Norris, RP, Andernach, H, Tate, J, Lukic, V, Tang, H, Schawinski, K and Diakogiannis, FI 2018 , 'Radio Galaxy Zoo: CLARAN - a deep learning classifier for radio morphologies' , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 482, no. 1 , pp. 1211-1230 , doi:

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The upcoming next-generation large area radio continuum surveys can expect tens of millions of radio sources, rendering the traditional method for radio morphology classification through visual inspection unfeasible. We present CLARAN - Classifying Radio sources Automatically with Neural networks - a proof-of-concept radio source morphology classifier based upon the Faster Region-based Convolutional Neutral Networks method. Specifically, we train and test CLARAN on the FIRST and WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) images from the Radio Galaxy Zoo Data Release 1 catalogue. CLARAN provides end users with automated identification of radio source morphology classifications from a simple input of a radio image and a counterpart infrared image of the same region. CLARAN is the first open-source, end-to-end radio source morphology classifier that is capable of locating and associating discrete and extended components of radio sources in a fast (<200 ms per image) and accurate (≥90 per cent) fashion. Future work will improve CLARAN’s relatively lower success rates in dealing with multisource fields and will enable CLARAN to identify sources on much larger fields without loss in classification accuracy.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Wu, C and Wong, OI and Rudnick, L and Shabala, SS and Alger, MJ and Banfield, JK and Ong, CS and White, SV and Garon, AF and Norris, RP and Andernach, H and Tate, J and Lukic, V and Tang, H and Schawinski, K and Diakogiannis, FI
Keywords: methods: numerical, methods: statistical, techniques: image processing, galaxies: active, radio continuum: galaxies
Journal or Publication Title: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0035-8711
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Copyright 2018 The Authors. This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©:2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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