Practical Statistics for Astronomers

ISBN-10: 0521732492

ISBN-13: 9780521732499

Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)

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Astronomy needs statistical methods to interpret data, but statistics is a many-faceted subject which is difficult for non-specialists to access. This handbook helps astronomers analyze the complex data and models of modern astronomy. This second edition has been revised to feature many more examples using Monte Carlo simulation, and now also includes Bayesian inference, Bayes factors and Markov Chain Monte Carlo integration. Chapters cover basic probability, correlation analysis, hypothesis testing, Bayesian modelling, time series analysis, luminosity functions and clustering. Exercises at the end of each chapter guide readers through the techniques and tests necessary for most observational investigations. The data tables from the book are available online at www.cambridge.org/9780521732499. Bringing together the most relevant statistical and probabilistic techniques for use in observational astronomy, this handbook is a practical manual for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and professional astronomers.
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Book details

List price: $93.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

J. V. Wall is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia and Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, UK.

C. R. Jenkins is a Research Scientist in Earth Sciences and Resource Engineering at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia.

Decision
Probability
Statistics and expectations
Correlation and association
Hypothesis-testing
Data modelling and parameter-estimation: basics
Data modelling and parameter-estimation: advanced topics
Detection and surveys
Sequential data ��� 1D statistics
Statistics of large-scale structure
Epilogue: statistics and our Universe
Appendices
References
Index
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