Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy

Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy

by Eric D. Feigelson
     
 

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Modern astronomy has been characterized by an enormous growth in data acquisition - from new technologies in telescopes, detectors, and computation. One can now compile catalogs of tens or hundreds of millions of stars or galaxies and databases from satellite-based observations are reaching terabit proportions. This wealth of data gives rise to statistical challenges

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Modern astronomy has been characterized by an enormous growth in data acquisition - from new technologies in telescopes, detectors, and computation. One can now compile catalogs of tens or hundreds of millions of stars or galaxies and databases from satellite-based observations are reaching terabit proportions. This wealth of data gives rise to statistical challenges not previously encountered in astronomy. This book is the result of a workshop held at Pennsylvania State University in August 1991 that brought together leading astronomers and statisticians to consider statistical challenges encountered in modern astronomical research. The chapters have all been thoroughly revised in the light of the discussions at the conference, and some of the lively discussion is recorded here as well.

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Proceedings of a cross-disciplinary conference of astronomers and statisticians held August 1991, at Pennsylvania State U. Modern astronomy has been characterized by an enormous growth in data acquisition, and this conference considered the statistical challenges encountered in the analysis of these large databases. In each chapter, methodological problems are reviewed by an astronomer and analyzed by statisticians. Topics range from luminosity functions and the Malmquist bias to the temporal behavior of x-ray binary stars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461392927
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1992
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

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