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Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy II - E. D. Feigelson

Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy II

By: E. D. Feigelson (Editor), Gutti Jogesh Babu (Editor)


Published: 27th June 1997
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Modern astronomical research faces a vast range of statistical issues which have spawned a revival in methodological activity among astronomers. The Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy II conference brought astronomers and statisticians together to discuss methodological issues of common interest. Time series analysis, image analysis, Bayesian methods, Poisson processes, nonlinear regression, maximum likelihood, multivariate classification, and wavelet and multiscale analyses were all important themes. Many problems were introduced at the conference in the context of large-scale astronomical projects including LIGO, AXAF, XTE, Hipparcos, and digitised sky surveys. As such, this volume will be of interest to researchers and advanced students in both fields - astronomers seeking exposure to recent developments in statistics, and statisticians interested in confronting new problems.

List of Participants
Pre and Post Least Squares: The Emergence of Robust Estimationp. 3
Some Recent Developments in Bayesian Analysis, with Astronomical Illustrationsp. 15
Bayesian Analysis of Lunar Laser Ranging Datap. 49
Modern Statistical Methods for Cosmological Testingp. 67
Comparing Censoring and Random Truncation via Nonparametric Estimation of a Distribution Functionp. 83
Astronomical (Heteroscedastic) Measurement Errors: Statistical Issues and Problemsp. 105
New Problems and Approaches Related to Large Databases in Astronomyp. 123
Object Classification in Astronomical Imagesp. 135
Recent Advances in Large-scale Structure Statisticsp. 153
Wavelet Transform and Multiscale Vision Modelsp. 173
Statistical Software, Siftware and Astronomyp. 185
Statistical Issues in the MACHO Projectp. 209
LIGO: Identifying Gravitational Wavesp. 225
AXAF Data Analysis Challengesp. 241
Statistical Aspects of the Hipparcos Photometric Datap. 259
Application of Wavelet Analysis to the Study of Time-dependent Spectrap. 283
Nonparametric Methods for Time Series and Dynamical Systemsp. 303
Quantifying Rapid Variability in Accreting Compact Objectsp. 321
Wavelet and Other Multi-resolution Methods for Time Series Analysisp. 333
An Overview of "SCMA II"p. 351
Late-Night Thoughts of a Classical Astronomerp. 365
Algorithms for the Detection of Monochromatic and Stochastic Gravitational Wavesp. 389
Statistical Tests for Changing Periods in Sparsely Sampled Datap. 391
Analyzing X-ray Variability by Linear State Space Modelsp. 393
The Time Interferometer: Spectral Analysis of the Gapped Time Series from the Stand Point of Interferometryp. 395
Structures in Random Fieldsp. 397
The New [gamma]-CFAR Detector For Astronomical Image Processingp. 401
Bayesian Image Reconstruction with Noise Suppressionp. 403
Astronomical Images Restoration by the Multiscale Maximum Entropy Methodp. 405
Nested Test for Point Sourcesp. 407
Segmenting Chromospheric Images with Markov Random Fieldsp. 409
Analysis of Hipparcos Data in the Orthonormal Wavelet Representationp. 413
Statistical Properties of Wavelet Transforms Applied to X-Ray Source Detectionp. 417
Wavelet Based X-Ray Spatial Analysis: Statistical Issuesp. 419
Wavelet and Multifractal Analyses of Spatial and Temporal Solar Activity Variationsp. 421
Wavelets in Unevenly Spaced Data: OJ 287 light curvep. 423
Wavelet Based Analysis of Cosmic Gamma-Ray Burst Time Seriesp. 427
Smoothed Nonparametic: Density Estimation for Censored or Truncated Samplesp. 429
Luminosity and Kinematics: A Maximum Likelihood Algorithm for Exploitation of the Hipparcos Datap. 433
Assessing Statistical Accuracy to the Orbital Elements of Visual Double Stars by Means of Bootstrapp. 437
A Poisson Parable: Bias in Linear Least Squares Estimationp. 441
Neural Network Classification of Stellar Spectrap. 445
Multidimensional Index for Highly Clustered Data with Large Density Contrastsp. 447
Quantitative Morphology of Moderate Redshift Peculiar Galaxiesp. 449
Bayesian Inference on Mixed Luminosity Functionsp. 451
Stochastic Solutions for the Hipparcos Astrometric Data Mergingp. 455
Identification of Nonlinear Factors in Cosmic Gamma-ray Burstsp. 457
Statistical Challenges in Asteroid Dynamicsp. 459
Brief Annotated Bibliography on Point Processesp. 461
Testing the Hubble Law from Magnitude-Redshift Data of Field Galaxies: The Effect of the Shape of the Luminosity Functionp. 463
Indexp. 465
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ISBN: 9780387982038
ISBN-10: 0387982035
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 469
Published: 27th June 1997
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 1.9
Edition Type: Annotated