Practical Statistics for Astronomers / Edition 1

Practical Statistics for Astronomers / Edition 1

by J. V. Wall, C. R. Jenkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521456169

ISBN-13: 9780521456166

Pub. Date: 11/30/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Astronomy, like any experimental subject, needs statistical methods to interpret data reliably. This practical handbook presents the most relevant statistical and probabilistic machinery for use in observational astronomy. Classical parametric and non-parametric methods are covered, but there is a strong emphasis on Bayesian solutions and the importance of probability…  See more details below

Overview

Astronomy, like any experimental subject, needs statistical methods to interpret data reliably. This practical handbook presents the most relevant statistical and probabilistic machinery for use in observational astronomy. Classical parametric and non-parametric methods are covered, but there is a strong emphasis on Bayesian solutions and the importance of probability in experimental inference. The book avoids the technical language of statistics in favour of demonstrating astronomical relevance and applicability. It contains many worked examples, and problems that make use of databases that are available on the Web. It is suitable for self-study at advanced undergraduate or graduate level, as a reference for professional astronomers, and as a textbook basis for courses in statistical methods in astronomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521456166
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2003
Series:
Cambridge Observing Handbooks for Research Astronomers Series, #3
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Note on notation
1Decision1
2Probability10
3Statistics and expectations37
4Correlation and association54
5Hypothesis testing76
6Data modelling: parameter estimation105
7Detection and surveys142
8Sequential data - 1D statistics181
9Surface distribution - 2D statistics214
App. 1: The literature246
App. 2: Statistical tables250
References265
Index271

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