[Announce] AstroStat Summer School at Penn State

From Jogesh Babu comes this announcement:

Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers V
June 1-6, 2009
Penn State University

The fifth annual Penn State Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers will be held at Penn State. This is a 6-day course in fundamental statistical inference designed to provide physical scientists, particularly young researchers in astronomy, with a strong conceptual foundation in modern statistics and to develop a repertoire of well-established techniques applicable to observational astronomy. Classroom instruction is interspersed with hands-on analysis of astronomical data using the public-domain R software package. The course is taught by a team of statistics and astronomy professors with opportunity for discussion of methodological issues.

Statistical techniques covered include:

* exploratory data analysis
* hypothesis testing and parameter estimation
* regression & confidence interval estimation
* model selection & goodness-of-fit
* maximum likelihood methods & Bayes’ Theorem
* non-parametric methods
* Monte Carlo methods
* Poisson processes
* time series analysis

INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS SHOULD REGISTER AT http://astrostatistics.psu.edu/su09/reg.html
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2009 (or when the enrollment limit reaches)

The 2009 Summer School is organized by Penn State University’s Center for Astrostatistics. It will be modeled on the last four Penn State Summer Schools and the 2008 Indian Institute of Astrophysics-Penn State Summer School. See http://astrostatistics.psu.edu/ for past lecture notes. This Web site http://astrostatistics.psu.edu/su09/ also gives information on travel, lodging, and visas.

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