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Bayesian Methods for the Physical Sciences

Learning from Examples in Astronomy and Physics

  • Designed for researchers and graduate students working in Astronomy and Physics who need this technical knowledge

  • Applicable to diverse fields, confronting measurement errors and variety in studied population, beyond Astronomy and Physics

  • Provides a clear set of tools and ensures these tools may be applied by non-statisticians

  • Each chapter features engaging examples, models, and JAGS code

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Springer Series in Astrostatistics (SSIA, volume 4)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Recipes for a Good Statistical Analysis

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 1-2
  3. A Bit of Theory

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 3-13
  4. A Bit of Numerical Computation

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 15-20
  5. Single Parameter Models

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 21-34
  6. The Prior

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 35-49
  7. Multi-parameters Models

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 51-97
  8. Non-random Data Collection

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 99-119
  9. Fitting Regression Models

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 121-190
  10. Model Checking and Sensitivity Analysis

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 191-205
  11. Bayesian vs Simple Methods

    • Stefano Andreon, Brian Weaver
    Pages 207-228
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 229-238

About this book

Statistical literacy is critical for the modern researcher in Physics and Astronomy. This book empowers researchers in these disciplines by providing the tools they will need to analyze their own data. Chapters in this book provide a statistical base from which to approach new problems, including numerical advice and a profusion of examples. The examples are engaging analyses of real-world problems taken from modern astronomical research. The examples are intended to be starting points for readers as they learn to approach their own data and research questions. Acknowledging that scientific progress now hinges on the availability of data and the possibility to improve previous analyses, data and code are distributed throughout the book. The JAGS symbolic language used throughout the book makes it easy to perform Bayesian analysis and is particularly valuable as readers may use it in a myriad of scenarios through slight modifications.

This book is comprehensive, well written, and will surely be regarded as a standard text in both astrostatistics and physical statistics.

Joseph M. Hilbe, President, International Astrostatistics Association, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii, and Adjunct Professor of Statistics, Arizona State University

Keywords

  • Bayesian astrostatistics
  • Bayesian methods for astronomy
  • Fitting regression models in physical sciences
  • Parameter models physics
  • Probability distributions
  • Sensitivity analysis and model checking

Reviews

“Andreon and Weaver … have written a book that could be a valuable component in the new Computational Data Analysis course. … Bayesian Methods for the Physical Sciences begins with basic probability calculus and introduces complex models and concepts as it goes along. … Most of the content is presented through real-world examples that could easily be adopted or adapted to new tasks.” (David W. Hogg, Physics Today, Issue 6, June, 2016)

Bayesian statistical methods are fast becoming the statistical method of choice among the majority of physicists and astrophysicists who find they must statistically evaluate their study data. Bayesian Methods for the Physical Sciences is co-authored by a noted astrophysicist and an accomplished Los Alamos statistician who specializes in this area of application. Together they have produced a true guidebook to the Bayesian modeling of astrophysical data. JAGS code is used and displayed for the many examples employed in the text. The book is comprehensive, well written, and will surely be regarded as a standard text in both astrostatistics and physical statistics.

Joseph M. Hilbe, President, International Astrostatistics Association, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii, and Adjunct Professor of Statistics, Arizona State University 

Authors and Affiliations

  • INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Milano, Italy

    Stefano Andreon

  • Statistical Sciences, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, USA

    Brian Weaver

About the authors

Stefano Andreon is an astronomer of the National Institute of Astrophysics, Brera Observatory (Milan, Italy). Stefano's research is focused on understanding the evolution of galaxies and of galaxy clusters, near and far, and adopting Bayesian methods. He also teaches Bayesian methods to PhD students of various Italian and French Universities, is a Member of the Executive Board of International Astrostatistics Association, and is first author of more than 50 referred papers.

Brian Weaver is a scientist with the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research interests include Monte Carlo methods, parallel computing, Bayesian design of experiments, dynamic linear models, model calibration, and applying statistics to the physical and engineering sciences. He is a mentor to both graduate and undergraduate students in statistics at Los Alamos and is a recipient of the Llyod S. Nelson award.

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Buying options

eBook USD 79.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-15287-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)