Fifty Years of Candidate Pulsar Selection - What next?


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For fifty years astronomers have been searching for pulsar signals in observational data. Throughout this time the process of choosing detections worthy of investigation, so called ‘candidate selection’, has been effective, yielding thousands of pulsar discoveries. Yet in recent years technological advances have permitted the proliferation of pulsar-like candidates, straining our candidate selection capabilities, and ultimately reducing selection accuracy. To overcome such problems, we now apply ‘intelligent’ machine learning tools. Whilst these have achieved success, candidate volumes continue to increase, and our methods have to evolve to keep pace with the change. This talk considers how to meet this challenge as a community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
VolumeVolume 13
Issue numbers337
Early online date4 Jun 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jun 2018


  • Methods: data analysis
  • Methods: statistical
  • Pulsars: general
  • methods: statistical
  • methods: data analysis
  • pulsars: general


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