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Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XII (May 31-June 4, 2016)

Penn State is continuing its annual Summer Schools in Statistics designed for graduate students and researchers in astronomy. The twelfth summer school is an intensive week covering basic statistical inference, several fields of applied statistics, and the R computing environment.

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 topics covered include:

  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Hypothesis testing and parameter estimation
  • Regression
  • Model selection & validation
  • Maximum likelihood methods
  • Non-parametric methods
  • Multivariate methods
  • Clustering and classification
  • MCMC
  • Bayesian Analysis
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Time series

The 2016 Summer School will be modeled on previous Penn State Summer Schools and the three Indian Institute of Astrophysics-Penn State Summer Schools; see 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 lecture notes for the Penn State Summer Schools. The summer schools are partially supported by the National Science Foundation, the Penn State department of Statistics, and the Penn State department of Astronomy & Astrophysics.

The Summer School timing is coordinated with the Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy VI research conference that starts on Monday June 6 in Pittsburgh PA.
Drive time between State College and Pittsburgh is about two and a half hours. Interested participants may either rent a car or use discount bus service, Megabus to travel to Pittsburgh. Participants might want to fly into State College, PA and fly out of Pittsburgh, PA, and use Megabus to travel to Pittsburgh.

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    Eric Feigelson, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State University, or
    G. Jogesh Babu, Dept. of Statistics, Penn State University,

Local information:
The 2016 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.

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