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Activity Number: 220142 - Statistical Answers to Astrophysical Questions: A Vital Chapter in the Chase for New Discoveries
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Sunday, August 8, 2021 : 3:30 PM to 5:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Computing
Abstract #314425
Title: Low-Hanging Fruit: Common Analysis Problems in Astronomy Without Statistically Principled Solutions
Author(s): Vinay L. Kashyap*
Companies: Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
Keywords: Astrostatistics; photon counting; Data Analysis; High-Energy Astronomy; spatio-spectral-temporal; collaboration

There are several analysis problems in astronomical data that appear to be obvious or easy, but lack rigorous statistical solutions. I will discuss several of these problems, such as recognizing the boundary of irregular objects, sifting the data into spatially, spectrally, and temporally coherent segments, detecting sharp and fleeting transients, understanding the effects of well-known but unmodeled systematics, recognizing the domain where an observable is distributed as a power-law, computing uncertainties on computationally expensive simulations, etc. I will highlight some of the advances made by our CHASC Astrostatistics Collaboration.

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