• Nov 23 2013

    School on Bayesian Analysis in Physics and Astronomy

    The School on Bayesian Analysis in Physics and Astronomy will be taking place at the University of Stellenbosch from 23 to 26 November 2013. The School is aimed at both established researchers in physics and astronomy who regularly work with datasets and at postgraduate students. No previous knowledge of Bayesian inference as such is required. Participants should have some basic background in statistics as used in data analysis.

    A first announcement for the School went out in the June 2013 issue of the SAIP newsletter Physics Comment.

    Registration for the School is now open. For details and updates, see

    http://www.physics.sun.ac.za/~bayes2013 or http://bit.ly/15dMxUd

    Bayesian Analysis has grown strongly in the last decade as massive increases in data collection and computational power have opened up many opportunities and applications. Applications on which Bayesian Analysis can now be brought to bear include dealing with uncertainty in measurement, determining probabilities for questions not based on counting or relative frequencies, proper handling of small datasets, quantitative comparison between different models or hypotheses, and proper handling of nongaussian distributions.

    While the invited speakers have backgrounds in high energy physics and astrophysics, participants from all fields are welcome. Introductory theoretical lectures will be complemented by hands-on data processing sessions; participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and datasets. A limited number of talks on Bayesian-related topics can be accommodated. Posters on data analysis in general are encouraged.

    The 2013 SKA Bursary Conference will be held from 25 to 29 November also in Stellenbosch; simultaneous registration for both the School and the Bursary Conference will be possible.