New submitter Jim Geach writes: Our team of astronomers and computer scientists has developed a novel unsupervised machine learning algorithma combination of Growing Neural Gas and Hierarchical Clusteringto automatically analyze astronomical images. In effect, the algorithm performs the same task as a human 'eyeballing' an image, automatically identifying and labeling the points of interest. We're aiming to deploy the algorithm on the next generation of astronomical surveys such as LSST and Euclid where no human, or even group of humans, could closely inspect every piece of data. The algorithm could also find application in other fields, such as medical imaging and early disease diagnosis. The results are being presented at the UK National Astronomy Meeting in Wales, and the details of the algorithm are described in this paper. Read more of this story at Slashdot. Click here to read full news..