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2020MNRAS.493.1926K - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 493, 1926-1935 (2020/April-1)

Classification of blazar candidates of uncertain type from the Fermi LAT 8-yr source catalogue with an artificial neural network.


Abstract (from CDS):

The Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) has detected more than 5000 γ-ray sources in its first 8 yr of operation. More than 3000 of them are blazars. About 60 per cent of the Fermi-LAT blazars are classified as BL Lacertae objects (BL Lacs) or Flat Spectrum Radio Quasars (FSRQs), while the rest remain of uncertain type. The goal of this study was to classify those blazars of uncertain type, using a supervised machine learning method based on an artificial neural network, by comparing their properties to those of known γ-ray sources. Probabilities for each of 1329 uncertain blazars to be a BL Lac or FSRQ are obtained. Using 90 per cent precision metric, 801 can be classified as BL Lacs and 406 as FSRQs while 122 still remain unclassified. This approach is of interest because it gives a fast preliminary classification of uncertain blazars. We also explored how different selections of training and testing samples affect the classification and discuss the meaning of network outputs.

Abstract Copyright: © 2020 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): methods: statistical - galaxies: active - BL Lacertae objects: general - gamma-rays: galaxies

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/MNRAS/493/1926): table2.dat>

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