Astro Hack Week: Bringing Data Science into Astronomy

BIDS hosted the third annual Astro Hack Week during the week of August 29–September 2. Astro Hack Week is a summer school and collaborative workshop, the goal of which is to apply modern techniques in statistics, machine learning, and computing to problems in astronomy. Astro Hack Week has a distinctive format: Monday through Thursday mornings consisted of in-depth lectures on topics in statistics and machine learning. While these mornings were typical of a summer school, the rest of the week (afternoons, evenings, and all day Friday) were broadly unstructured: the approximately 50 participants formed small groups and worked together on collaborative research projects, applying concepts covered during the morning sessions to real astronomy research problems. Scattered throughout the afternoons were breakout sessions: optional ad hoc lectures on popular topics selected by popular vote by participants…


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