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Practical Statistics for Astronomers

Practical Statistics for Astronomers

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  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521456166

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  • Presenting the most relevant statistical and probabilistic technology in observational astronomy, this practical handbook covers classical parametric and non-parametric methods. There is also, however, a strong emphasis on Bayesian solutions and the importance of probability in experimental inference. The book contains many solved examples, and includes over fifty problems, with solutions available on the web via

    • Explains all the non-specialist statistical machinery needed by the practising astronomer
    • Includes over fifty problems, with solutions available on the Web
    • Written in simple language with a minimum of jargon
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    "The book is unusual for its application to astronomy and outstanding for its explanation of basic statistical concepts. Highly recommended." Choice

    "Interesting and informative if read cover-to-cover; can be easily dipped into for that single must-have piece of information; and is comprehensive within its well-defined remit...The result is a neat little book that's a pleasure to read and a blessing to have handy for reference." Ian D. Howarth

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521456166
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.489kg
    • contains: 68 b/w illus. 26 tables 61 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Decision
    2. Probability
    3. Statistics and expectations
    4. Correlation and association
    5. Hypothesis testing
    6. Data modelling: parameter-estimation
    7. Detection and surveys
    8. Sequential data - 1D statistics
    9. Surface distribution - 2D statistics

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    J. V. Wall, Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO)
    Jasper Wall is Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Astrophysics, University of Oxford.

    C. R. Jenkins, Schlumberger Cambridge Research Ltd
    Charles Jenkins is a Principal Research Scientist at Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Cambridge UK.

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