Practical statistics for astronomers [E-Book] / J. V. Wall, C. R. Jenkins.
Wall, J. V., (author)
Jenkins, C. R., (author)
Second edition.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
1 online resource (xix, 353 pages)
englisch
9780521732499
9781139031998
9780521519687
Cambridge observing handbooks for research astronomers ; 8
Full Text
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 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.