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Practical Statistics for Astronomers

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Bringing together relevant statistical and probabilistic techniques, a practical manual for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and professional astronomers.
Practical Statistics for Astronomers
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Astronomy needs statistical methods to interpret data, but statistics is a many-faceted subject that is difficult for non-specialists to access. This handbook helps astronomers analyze the complex data and models of modern astronomy. This Second Edition has been revised to feature many more examples using Monte Carlo simulations, and now also includes Bayesian inference, Bayes factors and Markov chain Monte Carlo integration. Chapters cover basic probability, correlation analysis, hypothesis testing, Bayesian modelling, time series analysis, luminosity functions and clustering. Exercises at the end of each chapter guide readers through the techniques and tests necessary for most observational investigations. The data tables, solutions to problems, and other resources are available online at Bringing together the most relevant statistical and probabilistic techniques for use in observational astronomy, this handbook is a practical manual for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and professional astronomers.
J. V. Wall is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia and Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. C. R. Jenkins is a Research Scientist in Earth Sciences and Resource Engineering at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia.
1. Decision; 2. Probability; 3. Statistics and expectations; 4. Correlation and association; 5. Hypothesis-testing; 6. Data modelling and parameter-estimation: basics; 7. Data modelling and parameter-estimation: advanced topics; 8. Detection and surveys; 9. Sequential data - 1D statistics; 10. Statistics of large-scale structure; 11. Epilogue: statistics and our Universe; Appendices; References; Index.
"Bringing together the most relevant statistical and probabilistic techniques for use in observational astronomy, this handbook is a practical manual for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and professional astronomers." -Mathematical Reviews
Author
J V Wall
Year
2012
ISBN-10
0521732492
ISBN-13
9780521732499
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Short Title
PRAC STATISTICS FOR ASTRONOMER
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Language
English
Edition
2nd
DEWEY
519.502
Series
Cambridge Observing Handbooks for Research Astronomers
Series Number
8
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication
Cambridge
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Replaces
9780521456166
Illustrations
89 b/w illus. 26 tables 73 exercises
Publication Date
2012-04-26
Pages
374
Edition Description
Revised
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