Euclid preparation: XXII. Selection of quiescent galaxies from mock photometry using machine learning

A. Humphrey, L. Bisigello, P. A.C. Cunha, M. Bolzonella, S. Fotopoulou, K. Caputi, C. Tortora, G. Zamorani, P. Papaderos, D. Vergani, J. Brinchmann, M. Moresco, A. Amara, N. Auricchio, M. Baldi, R. Bender, D. Bonino, E. Branchini, M. Brescia, S. CameraV. Capobianco, C. Carbone, J. Carretero, F. J. Castander, M. Castellano, S. Cavuoti, A. Cimatti, R. Cledassou, G. Congedo, C. J. Conselice, L. Conversi, Y. Copin, L. Corcione, F. Courbin, M. Cropper, A. Da Silva, H. Degaudenzi, M. Douspis, F. Dubath, C. A.J. Duncan, X. Dupac, S. Dusini, S. Farrens, S. Ferriol, M. Frailis, E. Franceschi, M. Fumana, P. Gómez-Alvarez, S. Galeotta, B. Garilli, W. Gillard, B. Gillis, C. Giocoli, A. Grazian, F. Grupp, L. Guzzo, S. V.H. Haugan, W. Holmes, F. Hormuth, K. Jahnke, M. Kümmel, S. Kermiche, A. Kiessling, M. Kilbinger, T. Kitching, R. Kohley, M. Kunz, H. Kurki-Suonio, S. Ligori, P. B. Lilje, I. Lloro, E. Maiorano, O. Mansutti, O. Marggraf, K. Markovic, F. Marulli, R. Massey, S. Maurogordato, H. J. McCracken, E. Medinaceli, M. Melchior, M. Meneghetti, E. Merlin, G. Meylan, L. Moscardini, E. Munari, R. Nakajima, S. M. Niemi, J. Nightingale, C. Padilla, S. Paltani, F. Pasian, K. Pedersen, V. Pettorino, S. Pires, M. Poncet, L. Popa, L. Pozzetti, F. Raison, A. Renzi, J. Rhodes, G. Riccio, E. Romelli, M. Roncarelli, E. Rossetti, R. Saglia, D. Sapone, B. Sartoris, R. Scaramella, P. Schneider, M. Scodeggio, A. Secroun, G. Seidel, C. Sirignano, G. Sirri, L. Stanco, P. Tallada-Crespí, D. Tavagnacco, A. N. Taylor, I. Tereno, R. Toledo-Moreo, F. Torradeflot, I. Tutusaus, L. Valenziano, T. Vassallo, Y. Wang, J. Weller, A. Zacchei, J. Zoubian, S. Andreon, S. Bardelli, A. Boucaud, R. Farinelli, J. Graciá-Carpio, D. Maino, N. Mauri, S. Mei, N. Morisset, F. Sureau, M. Tenti, A. Tramacere, E. Zucca, C. Baccigalupi, A. Balaguera-Antolínez, A. Biviano, A. Blanchard, S. Borgani, E. Bozzo, C. Burigana, R. Cabanac, A. Cappi, C. S. Carvalho, S. Casas, G. Castignani, C. Colodro-Conde, A. R. Cooray, J. Coupon, H. M. Courtois, O. Cucciati, S. Davini, G. De Lucia, H. Dole, J. A. Escartin, S. Escoffier, M. Fabricius, M. Farina, F. Finelli, K. Ganga, J. Garcia-Bellido, K. George, F. Giacomini, G. Gozaliasl, I. Hook, M. Huertas-Company, B. Joachimi, V. Kansal, A. Kashlinsky, E. Keihanen, C. C. Kirkpatrick, V. Lindholm, G. Mainetti, R. Maoli, S. Marcin, M. Martinelli, N. Martinet, M. Maturi, R. B. Metcalf, G. Morgante, A. A. Nucita, L. Patrizii, A. Peel, J. E. Pollack, V. Popa, C. Porciani, D. Potter, P. Reimberg, A. G. Sánchez, M. Schirmer, M. Schultheis, V. Scottez, E. Sefusatti, J. Stadel, R. Teyssier, C. Valieri, J. Valiviita, M. Viel, F. Calura, H. Hildebrandt

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The Euclid Space Telescope will provide deep imaging at optical and near-infrared wavelengths, along with slitless near-infrared spectroscopy, across ~15 000deg2 of the sky. Euclid is expected to detect ~12 billion astronomical sources, facilitating new insights into cosmology, galaxy evolution, and various other topics. In order to optimally exploit the expected very large dataset, appropriate methods and software tools need to be developed. Here we present a novel machine-learning-based methodology for the selection of quiescent galaxies using broadband Euclid IE, YE, JE, and HE photometry, in combination with multi-wavelength photometry from other large surveys (e.g. the Rubin LSST). The ARIADNE pipeline uses meta-learning to fuse decision-tree ensembles, nearest-neighbours, and deep-learning methods into a single classifier that yields significantly higher accuracy than any of the individual learning methods separately. The pipeline has been designed to have 'sparsity awareness', such that missing photometry values are informative for the classification. In addition, our pipeline is able to derive photometric redshifts for galaxies selected as quiescent, aided by the 'pseudo-labelling' semi-supervised method, and using an outlier detection algorithm to identify and reject likely catastrophic outliers. After the application of the outlier filter, our pipeline achieves a normalised mean absolute deviation of âÂ? ²0.03 and a fraction of catastrophic outliers of âÂ? ²0.02 when measured against the COSMOS2015 photometric redshifts. We apply our classification pipeline to mock galaxy photometry catalogues corresponding to three main scenarios: (i) Euclid Deep Survey photometry with ancillary ugriz, WISE, and radio data; (ii) Euclid Wide Survey photometry with ancillary ugriz, WISE, and radio data; and (iii) Euclid Wide Survey photometry only, with no foreknowledge of galaxy redshifts. In a like-for-like comparison, our classification pipeline outperforms UVJ selection, in addition to the Euclid IE YE, JE HE and u IE, IE JE colour-colour methods, with improvements in completeness and the F1-score (the harmonic mean of precision and recall) of up to a factor of 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA99
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
StatePublished - Mar 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: general
  • Galaxies: high-redshift
  • Galaxies: photometry
  • Methods: statistical


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