Practical Statistics for Astronomers

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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.
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"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."
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Meet the Author

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, UK.

C. R. Jenkins is a Research Scientist in Earth Sciences and Resource Engineering at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Note on notation
1 Decision 1
2 Probability 10
3 Statistics and expectations 37
4 Correlation and association 54
5 Hypothesis testing 76
6 Data modelling: parameter estimation 105
7 Detection and surveys 142
8 Sequential data - 1D statistics 181
9 Surface distribution - 2D statistics 214
App. 1: The literature 246
App. 2: Statistical tables 250
References 265
Index 271
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