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Photometric Redshift Estimation on SDSS Data Using Random Forests

Authors
  • Carliles, Samuel
  • Budavári, Tamás
  • Heinis, Sebastien
  • Priebe, Carey
  • Szalay, Alexander
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Nov 15, 2007
Submission Date
Nov 15, 2007
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

Given multiband photometric data from the SDSS DR6, we estimate galaxy redshifts. We employ a Random Forest trained on color features and spectroscopic redshifts from 80,000 randomly chosen primary galaxies yielding a mapping from color to redshift such that the difference between the estimate and the spectroscopic redshift is small. Our methodology results in tight RMS scatter in the estimates limited by photometric errors. Additionally, this approach yields an error distribution that is nearly Gaussian with parameter estimates giving reliable confidence intervals unique to each galaxy photometric redshift.

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