This is the program for the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Activity Number: 318
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Council of Chapters
Abstract - #305948
Title: Hunting the Higgs Boson: The Uses and Abuses of Statistics in High-Energy Physics
Author(s): Isabel Trigger*+
Companies: TRIUMF
Address: 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6R 2K4, CANADA
Keywords: Large Hadron Collider ; ATLAS Experiment ; Particle Physics ; High Energy Physics

The hunt for the Higgs Boson, the last undiscovered particle in the Standard Model of particle physics, has been likened to looking for a needle in a stack of needles. Higgs Bosons, if they exist, will be produced at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and will decay almost immediately into the more humdrum stuff of everyday matter. Statistical techniques are crucial for sifting out the small number of collisions which might include a Higgs from the billions and billions of collisions where no Higgs is produced. The talk will describe the statistical challenges of particle physics, with illustrations from the long search for the Higgs Boson. A brief overview of the ATLAS detector at the LHC will help to illuminate the scale of the enterprise.

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