Purpose of Kepler Objects of Interest (KOI) Activity Tables



Current Tables

Delivery Name Status Last update Link to table
Cumulative Active Dec. 16, 2014 Interactive Table
Q1-Q17 DR 24 Active April 1, 2015 Interactive Table
Q1-Q16 Done Dec. 18, 2014 Interactive Table
Q1-Q12 Done Dec. 4, 2014 Interactive Table
Q1-Q8 Done Jan. 7, 2014 Interactive Table
Q1-Q6 Done Feb. 12, 2013 Interactive Table

Cumulative Table

The cumulative KOI table gathers information from the individual KOI activity tables that describe the current results of different searches of the Kepler light curves. The intent of the cumulative table is to provide the most accurate dispositions and stellar and planetary information for all KOIs in one place. All the information in this table has provenance in other KOI activity tables.

The cumulative table is created algorithmically, following simple rules. The information for each KOI is pulled from the preferred activity table based on two priority lists. One priority list (Disposition Priority) indicates the activity table from which the disposition (e.g., CANDIDATE or FALSE POSITIVE) has been pulled. If the object is not dispositioned in the highest priority activity table for a specific KOI, then it is pulled from the next highest priority activity table, and so on. In this way the cumulative table contains the most current disposition for each KOI. The second priority list (Transit-Fit Priority) indicates where the remaining information for each KOI (e.g., the transit fits, stellar properties and vetting statistics) was obtained. The activity table with reliable transit fits to the longest data set is given priority for the cumulative table. This will not necessarily provide the best fit for every individual KOI, but gives the most reliable fits overall. The current Disposition Priority order is: Q1-Q16, Q1-Q12, Q1-Q8, Q1-Q6, Q1-17 DR 24. The current Transit-Fit Priority order is: Q1-Q8, Q1-Q6, Q1-Q16, Q1-Q12, Q1-17 DR 24.

One consequence of having two priority lists is that the disposition for a KOI is not necessarily retrieved from the same activity table as the associated transit information. Also, since information for the cumulative table is gathered from a variety of activity tables, and since these activities use different methods for dispositioning, defining stellar parameters, and fitting transits, the cumulative table is a very disparate set of information and is not intended for statistical studies that require a uniform population.


Q1-Q17 DR 24 KOI Table

The Q1-Q17 (DR24) Kepler Objects-of-Interest (KOI) activity table reports results based on Kepler Data Release 24 (DR24). This is a milestone release because it utilizes the first uniform processing of the entire Kepler data set and it represents a first attempt at fully automating the dispositioning process so as to produce a uniformly vetted catalog of planetary candidates (PCs) and false positives (FPs).

Specifically, the Q1-Q17 (DR24) light curves were searched with TPS/DV to identify the Q1-Q17 (DR24) Threshold Crossing Events (TCEs) (Seader et al. 2015). This set of 20,367 TCEs is then dispositioned in completely automated fashion via the use of "robovetters" — sophisticated decision trees that utilize a set of targeted metrics to mimic the human decision-making process (Coughlin et al. 2015, in prep; Mullally et al. 2015, in prep). Comparable to the former "triage" phase, a robovetter first decides whether a TCE is "transit-like" (i.e., the light curve resembles a transiting planet or eclipsing binary) or "not transit-like" (i.e., the light curve resembles a contact binary, pulsating star, spotty star, or instrumental artifact). For those TCEs that are deemed transit-like, a KOI number is assigned and the robovetters perform further tests. These include looking for evidence of 1) a self-luminous secondary eclipse in the light curve, indicating that the transit signature is produced by an eclipsing binary, 2) a shift of the in-transit centroid location, indicating that the transit signature does not originate from the target, and 3) an ephemeris match to other TCEs, KOIs, and known eclipsing binaries, indicating that the transit signature results from contamination by another source. If a KOI fails any of these tests, it is dispositioned as a FP, with flags set to indicate which tests were failed. If all tests are passed, then the subject TCE is dispositioned as a PC. It is worth noting that all 20,367 TCEs (Seader et al. 2015) are vetted uniformly in this activity table. In particular, all pre-existing KOIs included in this TCE set were redispositioned, all new KOIs were dispositioned, and the remaining TCEs are implicitly dispositioned as "not transit-like" by the simple fact that they have not been promoted to KOI status. The planetary parameters in this activity table were originally derived from model fits by the Data Validation (DV) module of the Kepler pipeline. Once the dispositions are finalized, these fits will be replaced with improved values from a Markov Chain Monte Carlo fitting procedure (Mullally et al.) Watch the Q1-Q17 (DR24) delivery history for updates to the dispositions and properties of these KOIs as work progresses.

WARNINGS:

  • The dispositions in this Q1-Q17 (DR24) activity table are fully automated. This means that uniformity is prioritized over accuracy for individual systems, in order to enable planetary occurrence rate calculations. Users who discover inaccurate dispositions are encouraged to provide feedback to inform the on-going development and refinement of the robovetters. However, it is important to note that individual dispositions will no longer be changed, so some errors will persist so long as the robovetters are imperfect.
  • The philosophy of "innocent until proven guilty" has been retained, so the PC population may be artificially enhanced at low signal-to-noise ratios (SNR). As such, additional scrutiny of low SNR PCs is encouraged before expending precious observing resources on their follow-up.
  • In contrast to previous transit searches, detached eclipsing binaries are no longer excluded, so there is a disproportionate increase in the number of new, detached eclipsing binaries in this activity table. They can be identified in the FP population by their false positive flags.
  • A reminder that the inferred radius of an object is insufficient evidence (by itself) to receive a disposition of FP, so users may wish to impose their own radius cut when examining the PC population (e.g., < 30 R), depending on their particular scientific objectives.


Q1-Q16 KOI Table

The Q1-Q16 Kepler Objects-of-Interest (KOI) activity table reports the results of the Q1-Q16 transit search based on our in-depth analysis of the Q1-Q16 Threshold Crossing Events (TCEs). This work is described in the paper Mullally et al. (2015). The steps in this analysis are: (1) identify TCEs that correspond to previously discovered KOIs, (2) triage (i.e., take a quick look at) the remaining TCEs to identify those that most resemble transiting planets (i.e., eliminate the obvious false alarms), (3) fit models to this subset of TCEs and promote the promising ones to KOI status, (4) examine the flux curves and centroid offsets for these KOIs to determine whether they are planetary candidates or false positives (i.e., disposition them), (5) use a physical transit model to update their ephemerides, determine best-fit parameters, and estimate errors.

WARNING: The Q1-Q16 transit search excluded 1519 eclipsing binaries that were chosen from the Villanova Kepler Eclipsing Binary catalog . These eclipsing binaries were excluded from the search because the pipeline is tuned to find planets and the variability of certain binaries results in an unacceptable increase in the pipeline search and analysis run time. The details of how these particular eclipsing binaries were selected are described in Tenenbaum et al. 2013 . The remaining eclipsing binaries, along with any new eclipsing binaries found in this pipeline run, have been retained, given KOI numbers, and included in this Q1-Q16 activity table. In addition, there are most likely some residual image artifacts and other false alarms (i.e., non-astrophysical signatures) which inadvertently made it through Steps 2 and 3 above. In other words, this KOI activity table contains planetary candidates, false positives and false alarms. See the Q1-Q16 delivery history for updates to the dispositions and properties of individual objects as this work progresses.


Q1-Q12 KOI Table

The Q1-Q12 Kepler Objects-of-Interest (KOI) activity table reports the results of the Q1-Q12 transit search based on our in-depth analysis of the Q1-Q12 Threshold Crossing Events (TCEs). This work is described in the paper Rowe et al. (2015). The steps in this analysis are: (1) triage (i.e., take a quick look at) all the TCEs to identify those that most resemble transiting planets (i.e., rule out the obvious false alarms), (2) fit models to this subset of TCEs and promote the most promising ones to KOI status, (3) examine the flux curves and centroid offsets for these KOIs to determine whether they are planetary candidates or false positives (i.e., disposition them), (4) characterize their host stars, and (5) use a physical transit model to update their ephemerides, determine best-fit parameters, and estimate errors.

WARNING: The Q1-Q12 transit search excluded 2123 eclipsing binaries from consideration (see Q1-Q12 TCE Release Notes), but all remaining eclipsing binaries found in this pipeline run have been retained, given KOI numbers, and included in this Q1-Q12 activity table. In addition, there are most likely some residual image artifacts and other false alarms (non-astrophysical signatures) which inadvertently made it through Steps 1 and 2 above. In other words, this KOI activity table is known to contain many objects that will ultimately become false positives. See the Q1-Q12 delivery history for the status of Steps 3 through 5 above, which will identify and characterize the planetary candidates within the Q1-Q12 KOIs during the coming months.


Q1-Q8 KOI Table

The Q1-Q8 KOI table describes the results of triaging the Q1-Q8 Threshold Crossing Events (TCEs) into new Kepler Objects of Interest (KOIs), dispositioning new KOIs into planet candidates and false positive events, characterizing host stars and fitting physical transit models using the Q1-Q10 data. The work was organized as follows:

  • Newly identified systems of interest have KOI numbers ≥ 2668.
  • Dispositions were assigned to all new KOIs and re-evaluated for all planet candidates found in Borucki et al. (2011b). Refer to Batalha et al. (2013).
  • New multi-planet KOIs were found in the set ≤1609 and ≥2668. This table does not report new multi-planets around KOIs between 1610-2667.
  • New transit fits for all known KOIs were performed using the Q1-Q10 data set and updated stellar parameters.

Q1-Q6 KOI Table

The Q1-Q6 KOI table reports the KOIs found in Q1-Q6 data and reports transit fits to Q1-Q8 data. KOI dispositions agree with the planet candidates identified in Batalha et al. (2013) and the False Positive Table originally hosted at MAST.