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Welcome to ASAIP

The Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics Portal ( 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),  International Statistical Institute Astrostatistics Special Interest Group (ISI/ASIG),  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 .

ASAIP has been edited by Eric Feigelson (Penn State University) and the late Joseph Hilbe (Arizona State University) who passed away in 2017.  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 Editor's Blog: October 2018

Earlier ASAIP Editors' Blogs

Kaggle competition:  Two science collaborations of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope now under construction have released a Kaggle competition entitled: PLAsTiCC: The Photometric LSST Astronomical Time-series Classification Challenge.  There is a $25,000 prize for the winner with deadline December 17 2018.   

Student Prize: The Astrostatistics Interest Group of the American Statistical Association (ASA) is pleased to sponsor a student paper competition for research in the statistical application, methodological or theoretical development to problems in astronomy, astrophysics, or cosmology. The finalists will present their papers in the ASA Astrostatistics Interest Group Topic-contributed session at JSM 2019.  The overall winner will also receive a cash prize of $500. Details here

Book Award: The volume Bayesian Models for Astrophysical Data Using R, JAGS, Python, and Stan by  Joseph M. Hilbe, Rafael S. de Souza, and Emille E. O. Ishida has won the 2018 PROSE award for best book in the category Cosmology and Astronomy.  The award is sponsored by the Association of American Publishers.