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This a collection of items — TED talks, news articles, cross-disciplinary articles and discussions, even cartoons — where astrostatistics and astroinformatics has appeared in the non-technical literature.
“Astrostatistics is a field full of opportunities right now”: An interview with Roberto Trotta
December 2017 interview with statistical cosmologist Roberta Trotta, Imperial College London, by the Website Statistics Views.
For modern astronomers, it’s learn to code or be left behind
Wired Magazine, May 26 2017
Astrostatistics in Significance magazine
The December 2014 issue of Significance Magazine features 11 articles on astronomy and astrostatistics. Significance is a British published magazine-journal for those who are in the statistics and research community. It is read by members of the American Statistical Association (ASA), Royal Statistical Society (RSS), and International Statistical Institute (ISI).
Astrostatistics in Symmetry Magazine
Symmetry Magazine, an online publication of Fermilab and SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), published an article “The Rise of Astrostatistics: Astrophysicists and cosmologists are turning to statisticians to help them analyze an ever-increasing deluge of data” by Lori Ann White.
Astrostatistics on and Yahoo News
Planet Hunting to Sky Surveys, Astronomy and Statistics Realign (Op-Ed) G. Jogesh Babu and Eric Feigelson, Penn State (November 2014). .
Statistical cartoons
Small Telescopes: Detectability and the Evaluation of Replication Results
by Uri Simonsohn, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. It is one of a series of Simonsohn’s articles criticizing the use of p-values and other naive statistical measures in social science research. It includes a brief description of an astronomical experiment with a small and a large telescope.
The odds, continually updated
A New York Times article (Sept. 29 2014) on the virtues of Bayesian approaches to real-life problems. It includes quotes from astronomer Edwin Turner (Princeton), statistician Andrew Gelman (Columbia), and psychologist Uri Simonsohn (Univ Pennsylvania).
What’s the next window into our universe?
A TED talk by Andrew Connolly (astronomer, University of Washington) on the power of Big Data in astronomy, featuring the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope now under construction. The talk has been viewed by >500,000 people.
Big data in astronomy *******
A review by astronomer Eric Feigelson and statistician G. Jogesh Babu (Penn State University) on the growing role of survey telescopes and massive datasets in astronomical research. Appeared in the Aug 2012 issue of `Significance’, the public journal of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association.
The rise of astrostatistics from Fermilab/SLAC
Astrophysicists and cosmologists are turning to statisticians to help them analyze an ever-increasing deluge of data. Article by Lori Ann White in Symmetry, a joint Fermilab/SLAC publication (November 2014)
Life, the universe, and everything: An astrostatistics special
A special issue of the journal Significance on astrostatistics, edited by Joseph Hilbe. Significance is the public journal of the UK Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association. The issue has articles on statistical aspects of meteorite impacts on Earth, Dark Matter and extragalactic astronomy, supernovae and Dark Energy, the multiverse and teleology of cosmology.
Astroinformatics in Sky & Telescope
Astronomy and Big, Big Data by Peter Tyson. September 2016. Journalist overview of LSST and its challenges in computation and statistics.
The biggest Big Data project in the universe
On-line article by Chris Middleton in diginomica. April 2016. On the Square Kilometer Array and its computational challenges.