The course will present fundamental notions in statistics and specific statistical techniques with applications to astronomical research. The topics covered are the basics of probability theory, point estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression, and others. Methods will be illustrated using the statistical software package R.
The course aims at familiarizing students with statistical techniques with applications to astronomical research.
Lectures and exercise classes.
All of Statistics [ http://www.springer.com/statistics/statistical+theory+and+methods/book/978-0-387-40272-7 ]. Larry Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon University. ISBN: 978-0387402727. Corrected second printing, 2005.
Form of Examination
Homework assignments (30%) and written exam (70%).
Course homepage: http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~gugushvilis/stan.html