The Cosmostatistics Initiative: COIN
In order to promote the development of a new family of tools for data exploration in cosmology, I hereby invite you to join the IAA COsmostatistics INitiative (COIN). The objective is to bring together researchers with expertise in cosmological simulations, large scale surveys analysis, data-mining, statistics and machine learning. The general goal is to construct and tune advanced tools for data exploration; for instance, techniques such as manifold learning, dimensionality reduction, unsupervised and supervised learning. Such tools shall be tested in the controlled environment of cosmological simulations for subsequent application to large surveys. The group is led by Rafael de Souza (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute)
In April 2014, Rafael S. de Souza (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest HU) initiated an IAA Working Group in Cosmostatistics, or WGC. It has since been renamed the Cosmostatistics Initiative, with an acronym of COIN. In August 2014, COIN held a week-long Summer Residence workshop in Lisbon, Portugal. Three projects were completed during that week, resulting in published research, and CRAN & Python packages. Two others will be completed in 2014, and five are currently ongoing. Currently there are over 60 COIN members with more than half actively involved with a project. Other projects are in the process of being developed. We welcome new members, ideas for projects and collaborations. Contact Rafael S. de Souza at firstname.lastname@example.org
IAA - WGC Summer Residence Program – 2014 – Lisbon This year Portugal will be hosting the first Summer Residence Program dedicated to the application of modern statistical tools to astronomical problems. This will take place between the 17th and the 24th of August 2014 at Lisbon, and it is being organized by the International Astrostatistics Association Working group on Cosmostatistics (IAA-WGC).
The second edition of the COIN summer residence program put together a core team working against the clock to solve challenging astrostatistical problems. Some of the methods investigated were be applied for the first time in an astronomical context.
The third edition of the COIN Residence Program took place in Budapest, Hungary in August/206.