The purpose of this site
This site discusses data-mining applications in Astronomy, an area that I believe will become increasingly important with the emergence of high-throughput high-redundancy digital surveys occurring across many different wavelengths. These ambitious survey efforts will generate petabytes of data annually, thus creating important opportunities for data analysis and in silico discovery.
For link suggestions (papers, tools, surveys, lectures, etc.), or if you would like to contribute content, please send me an email. I am particularly interested in real-world examples of data-mining, step-by-step tutorials, research paper summaries, or reviews of innovative new software tools and web-based resources.
In addition to this site, there is also a discussion group on LinkedIn, where you can network with others who share your interest in astronomical data-mining. Or you can follow Data-Mining for Astronomy on Twitter.
My research interests include machine-learning and data-mining, bioinformatics, optimization and decision-support technologies, high-performance computing methods, and of course astronomy! I recently started a new software development company: Diatom Software LLC . Our specialties include biological database design, knowledge integration, multiplex PCR assay design, data-mining and decision-support, optimization, artificial intelligence, and mobile application development. On the mobile application front, we recently released an iPhone app called Variable Stars containing a database of over 183,000 variable stars.
John Rachlin, Ph.D.