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Progress on Statistical Issues in Searches in Physics, Astrophysics, & Photon Science

A Conference on ''Progress on Statistical Issues in Searches'' will be taking place at SLAC, Stanford, California on June 4-6, 2012. It deals with the very relevant topic of statistical issues that arise in experiments that aim to detect new phenomena, typically from complex contaminated Poisson processes. The scope of the Conference is for searches in Particle Physics, Astrophysics/Cosmology, and in PhotonScience (research using high intensity x-ray beams for structural studies). There will be a strong presence of professional Statisticians and Scientists from the relevant fields'. The Conference aims to foster mutual exchanges of ideas and experience, identify open problems, and promote collaborative research.
When 04 June 2012 09:00 AM to
06 June 2012 06:00 PM
Where SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA
Attendees Participant list is at:
http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/statisticalissues2012/attendeelist.asp
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Astrophysics, particle physics and X-ray laser photon science have all acquired or are planning new machines and telescopes that deliver unprecedented amounts of data to experiments that wil produce exciting new discoveries. This conference is devoted to the statistical issues that arise in such experiments. There will be invited talks by scientists in the three fields and statisticians, as well as contributed papers. Important issues connected with both detecting signals of known character and searching for new discoveries include:

  • Algorithms to implement automated and objective searches
  • Discovery criteria and significance
  • Accounting for false positives and negatives
  • Computational efficiency

This Conference will bring together Astrophysicists, Particle Physicists, Photon Scientists and Statisticians to present the current state of the art and examine options for the future.

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