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Astrostatistical Challenges for the New Astronomy (Springer Series in Astrostatistics) Hardcover – 7 Nov 2012


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“This publication is a timely survey of advanced data science techniques that are increasingly common and necessary in the data-rich scientific discipline of astronomical research. … Astronomers and their statistician collaborators will benefit from this book. … this book is a very worthy research companion, one that should be kept within reach by any researcher in the field.” (Kirk Borne, Mathematical Reviews, June, 2014)

“This is an excellent book, covering advances in statistical analysis of astronomical data. … This book will be of great interest to researchers whose inference problems may go beyond what a standard MCMC algorithm can handle, or those who want a detailed but comprehensible summary of some recent advances in astronomical data analysis. It is highly recommended.” (Alan Heavens, The Observatory, Vol. 133 (1236), October, 2013)

The chapters represent the state-of-the-art of statistical work in astronomy. The book opens with a historical overview of the many intersections between astronomy and statistics,written by Professor Hilbe...it offers an exciting synthesis of two vibrant research fields―astronomy/cosmology and Bayesian statistics...The content of the book is rich and varied. There are chapters on the analysis of supernova data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and of the large scale (galaxy) structure of the universe; on the search for new planets; on the classification of stars and galaxies; on the detection of anomalous sources, which can lead to the discovery of new astronomical objects. From the statistical perspective, the reader will encounter Bayesian hierarchical models, nonlinear models, a variety of classification procedures, Gaussian random fields, and efficient posterior distribution samplers. In terms of both the applications and the methodologies discussed, this is an advanced text, very much on the forefront of research.Technometrics, 56:1

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Astrostatistical Challenges for the New Astronomy presents a collection of monographs authored by several of the disciplines leading astrostatisticians, i.e. by researchers from the fields of statistics and astronomy-astrophysics having in interest in the statistical analysis of astronomical and cosmological data.  Eight of the ten monographs are enhancements of presentations given by the authors as invited or special topics in astrostatistics papers at the ISI World Statistics Congress (2011, Dublin, Ireland). The opening chapter, by the editor, was adapted from an invited seminar given at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2011) on the history and current state of the discipline; the second chapter by Thomas Loredo was adapted from his invited presentation at the Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V conference (2011, Pennsylvania State University), presenting insights regarding frequentist and Bayesian methods of estimation in astrostatistical analysis. The remaining monographs are research papers discussing various topics in astrostatistics. The monographs provide the reader with an excellent overview of the current state astrostatistical research, and offer guidelines as to subjects of future research.

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