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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 — 11:30 AM EST

Astronomy Lunch Series

David HoggDavid Hogg

Professor of Physics
Faculty of Arts & Science, NYU

There is immense hype, and immense promise, in machine learning for physics and astronomy. I use the case of stellar astrophysics as an example area in which to explore these ideas. It is an ideal field, because there are both immense data sets and incredibly detailed and successful physical models. And yet these models are nonetheless strongly challenged (or even ruled out) by the data. That is, the data are better than the models; how can we benefit from this in ways that deliver new insights about fundamental physics? One of the main themes is that we want to pick and choose the parts of machine learning we do and don't want to be using, because our objectives are very different from those of Amazon and Facebook. I'll put a lot of emphasis on generalizability and causal structure. (Oh and by the way, data-driven models currently produce more precise measurements of stellar properties and compositions than any physical models.)

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Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
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