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Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers VI

June 7-12, 2010
Supplement on Statistics and Computation for Astronomical Surveys
June 12-14, 2010

 

The sixth annual Penn State Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers will be held at Penn State. The main part of the School is a 6-day course (June 7-12, 2010) in fundamental statistical inference designed to provide researchers and graduate students in the physical sciences with a strong conceptual foundation in modern statistics. A repertoire of well-established techniques applicable to observational astronomy and physics are developed. Classroom instruction is interspersed with hands-on analysis of astronomical data using the open-source R software package. The course is taught by a team of statistics and astronomy professors with opportunity for discussion of methodological issues. The program starts on Monday morning (June 7, 2010), and ends on Saturday June 12, 2010 at noon. The topics covered include:

  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Hypothesis testing and parameter estimation
  • Regression
  • Bootstrap resampling
  • Model selection & goodness-of-fit
  • Maximum likelihood methods & Bayes' Theorem
  • Non-parametric methods
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Poisson processes
  • Time series

The 2010 Summer School will be modeled on the last four Penn State Summer Schools and the two Indian Institute of Astrophysics-Penn State Summer School; see 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 lecture notes for the Penn State Summer Schools.

This is immediately followed by a supplementary program (June 12-14, 2010) on Statistics and Computation for Astronomical Surveys. This program started on Saturday June 12 immediately following the main school and ended on Monday June 14 at noon. Statistical topics covered include:

  • Number count distributions ("logN-logS") and the fundamental equation of stellar statistics
  • Selection effects: truncation and censoring (Lynden-Bell, Kaplan-Meier product limit estimators)
  • Classical survey biases (Eddington, Malmquist, Lutz-Kelker)
  • Population modeling with hierarchical models
  • Statistical cross-matching between surveys
  • Introduction to Virtual Observatory software tools for querying and analyzing survey data

Local information:
The 2010 summer school will be held on the Pennsylvania State University's University Park Campus located in State College, Pennsylvania, USA. The town of State College and the university campus combine to offer a relaxed, college town atmosphere with many shops, restaurants and points of interest. Recreational opportunities abound including fine golf courses, tennis courts, gymnasiums and swimming facilities. For maps and tourism information visit the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau online.

NSFDepartment of StatisticsEberly College of ScienceDepartment of Astronomy and Astrophysics