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Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers XIV (May 29 - June 2, 2018)

Summer School in Astroinformatics (June 4 - 8, 2018)

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Penn State's Center for Astrostatistics is continuing its annual Summer Schools in Statistics for astronomers designed for graduate students and researchers in astronomy. This is being supplemented with a new additional week-long Summer School in Astroinformatics. Lectures and tutorials are presented by a team of experienced professors in statistics, astronomy, computer science, and informatics. Classroom instruction is interspersed with hands-on analysis of astronomical data with opportunity for discussion of methodological issues.

Topics include
Summer School in Statistics for astronomers Summer School in Astroinformatics
  • Principles of probability and inference
  • Regression
  • Model selection & validation
  • Maximum likelihood methods
  • Non-parametric methods
  • Multivariate methods
  • Clustering and classification
  • MCMC
  • Bayesian inference
  • Spatial statistics
  • Time series
  • Fundamentals of scientific computing
  • High-performance computing
  • Bayesian computation
  • Machine Learning algorithms
  • Dimension reduction
  • Clustering & classification
  • Optimization
  • Gaussian Process regression
  • Neural Networks & Deep Learning
  • The 2018 summer school in statistics for astronomers will be modeled on 2017 & earlier Penn State summer schools since 2005, and the three Indian Institute of Astrophysics-Penn State summer schools.


    Local information:
    The 2017 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 local information visit the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau online.

    Software & Computer Account Setup:
    Participants in the first week (Astrostatistics): The tutorials will depend on students using “R” on their own laptops. Please download and install R from

    Participants in the second week (Astroinformatics): Exercises will use a variety of languages (R, Python, Julia, C/C++), language extensions (e.g., OpenMP, OpenACC), and packages (e.g., scikit-learn, STAN). In order to ensure all participants have access to a common software stack and datasets, the tutorials will depend on students using their own laptops to access supercomputing resources via XSEDE and working in Jupyter notebooks with our custom software stack via Please create accounts on the XSEDE and systems.

    1. To create an XSEDE account, go to, click the "Create Account" button on the left, and follow the instructions.
    2. To create an account on, go to
    3. Once you have created both accounts, submit your usernames on each of those systems via the form at Please submit your usernames by May 21 to ensure that you will have access to all the course materials needed.
    4. Ensure that your laptop has access to a terminal emulator and ssh.
      1. Microsoft Windows: Get PuTTY from
      2. Mac OSX: Terminal program and ssh should be built in. ( Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal)
      3. Linux: Terminal program should be built in, usually under System Tools.
    When testing your terminal emulator, run the command "ssh" to insure it has been installed. Further instructions will be provided after all participants accounts have been activated on XSEDE.

    Department of StatisticsEberly College of ScienceDepartment of Astronomy and Astrophysics