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Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers VIII

The eight annual Penn State Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers will be held at Penn State. The main part of the School is a 5-day course (June 4-8, 2012) in fundamental statistical inference designed to provide researchers and graduate students in the physical sciences with a strong conceptual foundation in modern statistics.
When 04 June 2012 08:30 AM to
08 June 2012 05:00 PM
Where State College PA USA
Contact Name
Contact Phone 1-814-865-0162
Attendees Most are graduate students in astronomy
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The eight annual Penn State Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers will be held at Penn State. The main part of the School is a 5-day course (June 4-8, 2012) 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 program starts on Monday morning and ends on Saturday noon; it is held on the campus of Penn State University.  The curriculum is not yet fixed, but probably will cover topics such as:

  • 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