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March 2009 Handbook for the GREAT08 Challenge: An image analysis competition for cosmological lensing
Sarah Bridle, Mandeep Gill, Alan Heavens, Catherine Heymans, F. William High, Henk Hoekstra, Mike Jarvis, Donnacha Kirk, Thomas Kitching, Jean-Paul Kneib, Konrad Kuijken, John Shawe-Taylor, David Lagatutta, Rachel Mandelbaum, Richard Massey, Yannick Mellier, Baback Moghaddam, Yassir Moudden, Reiko Nakajima, Stephane Paulin-Henriksson, Sandrine Pires, Anais Rassat, Adam Amara, Alexandre Refregier, Jason Rhodes, Tim Schrabback, Elisabetta Semboloni, Marina Shmakova, Ludovic van Waerbeke, Dugan Witherick, Lisa Voigt, David Wittman, Douglas Applegate, Sreekumar T. Balan, Joel Berge, Gary Bernstein, Hakon Dahle, Thomas Erben
Ann. Appl. Stat. 3(1): 6-37 (March 2009). DOI: 10.1214/08-AOAS222


The GRavitational lEnsing Accuracy Testing 2008 (GREAT08) Challenge focuses on a problem that is of crucial importance for future observations in cosmology. The shapes of distant galaxies can be used to determine the properties of dark energy and the nature of gravity, because light from those galaxies is bent by gravity from the intervening dark matter. The observed galaxy images appear distorted, although only slightly, and their shapes must be precisely disentangled from the effects of pixelisation, convolution and noise. The worldwide gravitational lensing community has made significant progress in techniques to measure these distortions via the Shear TEsting Program (STEP). Via STEP, we have run challenges within our own community, and come to recognise that this particular image analysis problem is ideally matched to experts in statistical inference, inverse problems and computational learning. Thus, in order to continue the progress seen in recent years, we are seeking an infusion of new ideas from these communities. This document details the GREAT08 Challenge for potential participants. Please visit for the latest information.


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Sarah Bridle. Mandeep Gill. Alan Heavens. Catherine Heymans. F. William High. Henk Hoekstra. Mike Jarvis. Donnacha Kirk. Thomas Kitching. Jean-Paul Kneib. Konrad Kuijken. John Shawe-Taylor. David Lagatutta. Rachel Mandelbaum. Richard Massey. Yannick Mellier. Baback Moghaddam. Yassir Moudden. Reiko Nakajima. Stephane Paulin-Henriksson. Sandrine Pires. Anais Rassat. Adam Amara. Alexandre Refregier. Jason Rhodes. Tim Schrabback. Elisabetta Semboloni. Marina Shmakova. Ludovic van Waerbeke. Dugan Witherick. Lisa Voigt. David Wittman. Douglas Applegate. Sreekumar T. Balan. Joel Berge. Gary Bernstein. Hakon Dahle. Thomas Erben. "Handbook for the GREAT08 Challenge: An image analysis competition for cosmological lensing." Ann. Appl. Stat. 3 (1) 6 - 37, March 2009.


Published: March 2009
First available in Project Euclid: 16 April 2009

zbMATH: 1165.62364
MathSciNet: MR2668698
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/08-AOAS222

Keywords: Astronomy , inference , Inverse problems

Rights: Copyright © 2009 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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