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Paper: Detrending Algorithms in Large Time Series: Application to TFRM-PSES Data
Volume: 496, Living Together: Planets, Host Stars and Binaries
Page: 301
Authors: del Ser, D.; Fors, O.; Núñez, J.; Voss, H.; Rosich, A.; Kouprianov, V.
Abstract: Certain instrumental effects and data reduction anomalies introduce systematic errors in photometric time series. Detrending algorithms such as the Trend Filtering Algorithm (TFA; Kovács et al. 2004) have played a key role in minimizing the effects caused by these systematics. Here we present the results obtained after applying the TFA, Savitzky & Golay (1964) detrending algorithms, and the Box Least Square phase-folding algorithm (Kovács et al. 2002) to the TFRM-PSES data (Fors et al. 2013). Tests performed on these data show that by applying these two filtering methods together the photometric RMS is on average improved by a factor of 3–4, with better efficiency towards brighter magnitudes, while applying TFA alone yields an improvement of a factor 1–2. As a result of this improvement, we are able to detect and analyze a large number of stars per TFRM-PSES field which present some kind of variability. Also, after porting these algorithms to Python and parallelizing them, we have improved, even for large data samples, the computational performance of the overall detrending+BLS algorithm by a factor of ∼10 with respect to Kovács et al. (2004).
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