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Welcome to ASAIP

The Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics Portal (http://asaip.psu.edu) is a new Web site serving the cross-disciplinary communities of astronomers, statisticians and computer scientists. It is intended to foster research into advanced methodologies for astronomical research, and to promulgate such methods into the broader astronomy community. The WWW public is welcome to read materials in ASAIP. Use the navigation bar above, or the search box at the upper right, to find material throughout the ASAIP Web site.

The ASAIP provides searchable abstracts to Recent Papers in the field, several discussion Forums, various resources for researchers, brief Articles by experts, lists of Meetings, and access to various Web resources such as on-line courses, books, jobs and blogs. The site will be used for public outreach by five organizations: International Astrostatistics Association (IAA, to be affiliated with the International Statistical Institute),  American Astronomical Society Working Group in Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics (AAS/WGAA), International Astronomical Union Working Group in Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics (IAU/WGAA), Information and Statistical Sciences Consortium of the planned Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST/ISSC), and the American Statistical Association Interest Group in Astrostatistics (ASA/IGA).

Join the ASAIP! Members of ASAIP -- researchers and students in astronomy, statistics, computer science and related fields -- can contribute to the discussion Forums, submit Recent Papers, Research Group links, and announcements of Meetings.  Members login using the box at the upper right; typical login names have the form `jsmith'.  To become a member, please email the ASAIP editors.

ASAIP is edited by Eric Feigelson (Penn State University) and Joseph Hilbe (Arizona State University).  ASAIP is hosted by the Eberly College of Science of the Pennsylvania State University.  No guarantee is given for the validity or usefulness of information or advice provided on ASAIP.



ASAIP Editors' Blog, March 2014

Earlier ASAIP Editors' Blogs

NEWS!  The International Astrostatistics Association has inaugurated a Working Group on Cosmostatistics to promote the development of a new family of tools for data exploration in cosmology.   Members are invited to join.  More details here.

NEWS!  A Strong Lens Time Delay Challenge is now open for competition.  Based on simulated LSST data of gravitational lensing of quasars lying behind foreground galaxies, the challenge is to accurately establish delays between the stochastic variations of two lensed quasar images from sparse, irregularly sampled time series.  

NEWS!  A GRavitational lEnsing Accuracy Testing (GREAT3) challenge is underway to test methods of weak lensing data analysis.  This is similar to strong lensing (above) but the background objects are galaxies rather than quasars, and the statistical problem involves measuring subtle shearing of the galaxy shapes.  Details are available here and here


 

ASAIP History

December 2013: ASAIP has ~700 members.  Resources include ~100 new Recent Papers per month, links to blogs, job opportunities, meetings, on-line educational materials, discussion Forums, multidisciplinary Web sites, and more.  The Editors have started a blog to highlight selected ASAIP material.   

June 2013: ASAIP has ~650 members.  Most are also members of the IAA, IAU, AAS, and/or LSST organizations associated with ASAIP.

April 2013: ASAIP has ~450 members, ~800 astronomical and ~100 methodological abstracts, ~40 meetings/yr, ~5 articles, 5 Forums, new online resources (blogs, jobs, etc),  and ~450 visits/week.

October 2012: ASAIP has ~300 members, ~600 astronomical abstracts, ~80 meetings, ~5 articles, 5 Forums and ~200 visits/week

August 2012: Commission 5 (Documentation & Astronomical Data) of the International Astronomical Union creates a new Working Group in Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics under the leadership of Eric Feigelson (Penn State University)

June 2012: The Council of the American Astronomical Society creates a new Working Group in Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics under the leadership of Zeljko Ivezic (University of Washington)

April 2012: ASAIP has ~150 members, ~100 astronomical abstracts, ~20 meetings, 2 Forums, and ~100 visits/week

February 2012:  ASAIP is created as a forum for the cross-disciplinary research communities, particular for the Astrostatistics Committee of the International Statistical Institute (under the leadership of Joseph Hilbe) and the Information and Statistics Science Collaboration of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (under the leadership of Kirk Borne)