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ESAC Data Analysis and Statistics Workshop 2017

This is the fourth edition of the annual ESAC Data Analysis and Statistics (EDAS) Workshop hosted by the European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid in Spain. Two days will cover fundamental topics in statistics and data analysis, and two days will be for practical applications and more advanced topics. The tutors for this year are Doctors Brendon Brewer, Ewan Cameron, Coryn Bailer-Jones, and Michelle Lochner.
When 28 November 2017 10:35 AM to
01 December 2017 10:35 PM
Where Madrid ES
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Tuesday 28 November

The Bayesics. Session led by Dr Brendon Brewer, topics include: 

  • Probability theory
  • Probability distributions
  • Bayesian inference & parameter estimation
  • Metropolis algorithm
  • Mythbusting

Wednesday 29 November

Advanced Bayesian computation. Session led by Dr Ewan Cameron, topics include: 

  • Model checking
  • Prior regularisation
  • Model design
  • Model ensembles

Thursday 30 November

Applications to GAIA. Session led by Dr Coryn Bailer-Jones, topics include:

  • Single objects - astrometry & photometry based parameter estimation
  • Multi-object - inter-source covariance, selection function, hierarchical modelling 
  • Priors from background information

Friday 1 December

Machine Learning in astronomy. Session led by Michelle Lochner, topics include:

  • Introduction to machine learning
  • Machine Learning vs Statistical methods
  • Classification
  • Post processing 


The workshop and hands-on sessions will be based on python 3Attendees are expected to come to the workshop with the following requirements in order to participate in the hands-on sessions:

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