Human Factors for Machine Learning in Astronomy

Open Access
Conference Proceedings
Authors: John WenskovitchAmruta Jaodand

Abstract: In this work, we present a collection of human-centered pitfalls that can occur when using machine learning tools and techniques in modern astronomical research, and we recommend best practices in order to mitigate these pitfalls. Human concerns affect the adoption and evolution of machine learning (ML) techniques in both existing workflows and work cultures. We use current and future surveys such as ZTF and LSST, the data that they collect, and the techniques implemented to process that data as examples of these challenges and the potential application of these best practices, with the ultimate goal of maximizing the discovery potential of these surveys.

Keywords: astronomy, machine learning, human factors, trust, reproducibility, bias

DOI: 10.54941/ahfe1003580

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