Muon hunter: A zooniverse project

R. Bird, M. K. Daniel, H. Dickinson, Q. Feng, L. Fortson, A. Furniss, J. Jarvis, R. Mukherjee, R. Ong, I. Sadeh, D. Williams

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The large datasets and often low signal-To-noise inherent to the raw data of modern astroparticle experiments calls out for increasingly sophisticated event classification techniques. Machine learning algorithms, such as neural networks, have the potential to outperform traditional analysis methods, but come with the major challenge of identifying reliably classified training samples from real data. Citizen science represents an effective approach to sort through the large datasets efficiently and meet this challenge. Muon Hunter is a project hosted on the Zooniverse platform, wherein volunteers sort through pictures of data from the VERITAS cameras to identify muon ring images. Each image is classified multiple times to produce a clean dataset used to train and validate a convolutional neural network model both able to reject background events and identify suitable calibration data to monitor the telescope performance as a function of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012103
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 20 2020
Event15th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics, TAUP 2017 - Sudbury, Canada
Duration: Jun 24 2017Jun 28 2017

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