Monthly Archives: September 2014

First round of COIN papers …

Some publicity for the first round of papers from the COIN collaboration: the COsmostatistics INitiative.  Both are concerned with promoting Generalized Linear Modelling as a stand-alone tool for basic astronomical analysis (especially exploratory analysis) and as a launching point for … Continue reading

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Reflections on BAYSM14 …

I was lucky to have the chance to attend the second ever BAYSM meeting held over two days in Vienna: the aim of the conference being to provide a unique opportunity for young Bayesians from various fields to meet, network, & … Continue reading

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More fine structure constant …

A chance to gloat after reading this paper  on astro-ph: Impact of instrumental systematic errors on fine-structure constant measurements with quasar spectra by Whitmore & Murphy, in which they conduct an in-depth calibration study of systematic distortions in high-resolution spectrographs and use … Continue reading

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Two interesting ideas: functional uniform priors, and nonparametric importance sampling …

Two interesting papers that I found myself re-reading this week were “Functional Uniform Priors for Non-Linear Modelling” by Bornkamp and “Nonparametric Importance Sampling” by Zhang.  The first I had encountered in 2012 thanks to Bornkamp’s talk at the Design of … Continue reading

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Meteoroids and stats don’t mix …

Another prime example of how far MNRAS still has to go if it’s to learn how to properly review statistical papers from last week’s astro ph: “Recent multi-kiloton impact events: are they truly random?” (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1409.0452.pdf). In this paper the authors … Continue reading

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Astronomers in the Academy and Industry …

I recent read this post, “Astronomers in the Academy and Industry“, by incoming AAS president, Megan Urry, which discusses the merits of forging stronger collaborations between astronomy departments and industry (e.g. finance, biotech, etc) with the aim of building transferable … Continue reading

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