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Practical Statistics for Astronomers

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Part of Cambridge Observing Handbooks for Research Astronomers

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521732499

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  • Astronomy needs statistical methods to interpret data, but statistics is a many-faceted subject that 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 simulations, 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, solutions to problems, and other resources are available online at 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.

    • Focuses on areas of statistics that are actually used by astronomers to analyze complex data and models
    • Second edition contains more examples using Monte Carlo simulation, as well as Bayesian inference, Bayes factors and Markov Chain Monte Carlo integration
    • Exercises at the end of each chapter demonstrate the techniques and tests necessary for most observational investigations
    • An accompanying website includes solutions to all examples presented in the book, an historical overview of the development of statistics, and sample datasets
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    "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."
    -Mathematical Reviews

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521732499
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 89 b/w illus. 26 tables 73 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Decision
    2. Probability
    3. Statistics and expectations
    4. Correlation and association
    5. Hypothesis-testing
    6. Data modelling and parameter-estimation: basics
    7. Data modelling and parameter-estimation: advanced topics
    8. Detection and surveys
    9. Sequential data - 1D statistics
    10. Statistics of large-scale structure
    11. Epilogue: statistics and our Universe

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    Practical Statistics for Astronomers

    J. V. Wall, C. R. Jenkins

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    • Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
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    J. V. Wall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    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.

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

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