SC19 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Visualizing Deep Learning at Scale for the Construction of Galaxy Catalogs in the Dark Energy Survey


Authors: Janet Y. K. Knowles (Argonne National Laboratory), Joseph A. Insley (Argonne National Laboratory, Northern Illinois University), Silvio Rizzi (Argonne National Laboratory), Elise Jennings (Argonne National Laboratory), Asad Khan (University of Illinois), Eliu Huerta (University of Illinois), Sibo Wang (University of Illinois), Robert Gruendl (University of Illinois), Huihuo Zheng (Argonne National Laboratory)

Abstract: The advent of machine and deep learning algorithms on petascale supercomputers is accelerating the pace of discovery in astrophysics and poses significant challenges to the interpretability of these deep neural networks. We present a novel visualization of a deep neural network output during training as it is learning to classify galaxy images as either spiral or elliptical. The network is trained using labeled datasets from the citizen science campaign, Galaxy Zoo, adopted by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. These trained neural network models can then be used to classify galaxies in the Dark Energy Survey that overlap the footprint of both surveys. Visualizing a reduced representation of the network output, projected into 3-D parameter space, reveals how the network has discovered two distinct clusters of features which allows it to classify galaxies into two groups. These visualizations of the neural network during training aid in the interpretability of the black box of deep learning and reveal how the network responds to the input images at various stages of training. Finally, it allows a wider net to be cast to a general audience, thereby generating interest in and visibility to an otherwise highly specialized field.

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