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Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers III

June 4-9, 2007

Registration closed as the enrollment limit reached


The third annual Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers and Physicists will be held at Penn State. This is a 6-day course in fundamental statistical inference designed to provide physical scientists, and graduate students, with a strong conceptual foundation in modern statistics and to develop a repertoire of well-established techniques applicable to observational astronomy and physics. Classroom instruction is interspersed with hands-on analysis of astronomical data using the public-domain R software package. The team of instructors include Professors Steven Arnold, G. J. Babu, Eric Feigelson, John Fricks, Murali Haran, Thomas Hettmansperger, David Hunter, Donald Richards & C. R. Rao. Statistical techniques covered include:

  • exploratory data analysis
  • hypothesis testing and parameter estimation
  • regression & confidence interval estimation
  • Model selection & goodness-of-fit
  • maximum likelihood methods & Bayes' Theorem
  • non-parametric methods
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Poisson processes
  • time series

The 2007 Summer School will be modeled on the last two Summer School; see 2005 and 2006 lecture notes for the Summer Schools.

Limited funds are available for reimbursement of registration fee for graduate students and young researchers at U.S. institutions. To apply for funding, register for the Summer School first and then send an email to Professor Eric Feigelson ( by March 1, 2007. Please give your name, institution, educational status, and briefly describe your research interests. Note: approved reimbursements of registration fees will occur after the Summer School is held.

This page last updated January, 2007

NSFDepartment of StatisticsEberly College of ScienceDepartment of Astronomy and Astrophysics