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Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers

Seventh annual week-long Summer School in statistical inference for young astronomers.
When 06 June 2011 08:30 AM to
10 June 2011 05:00 PM
Where Penn State University
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814 865-0162
Attendees Registration is open until May 6 2011, or earlier if the enrollment limit is reached
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The sevnth annual Penn State Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers will be held at Penn State during (June 6-10, 2011) in fundamental statistical inference designed to provide researchers and graduate students in the physical sciences with a strong conceptual foundation in modern statistics. A repertoire of well-established techniques applicable to observational astronomy and physics are developed. Classroom instruction is interspersed with hands-on analysis of astronomical data using the open-source R software package. The course is taught by a team of statistics and astronomy professors with opportunity for discussion of methodological issues.

The topics covered include:

  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Hypothesis testing and parameter estimation
  • Regression
  • Bootstrap resampling
  • Model selection & goodness-of-fit
  • Maximum likelihood methods & Bayes' Theorem
  • Non-parametric methods
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Poisson processes
  • Time series

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