Systematic uncertainties in statistical data analysis

Glen Cowan (RHUL, London)
DESY auditorium, 17:00h

Statistics allows one to investigate the validity of theoretical models and estimate their parameters given data which may fluctuate according to given probabilities. But even knowing the probabilities of experimental outcomes can be an uncertain business, and the methods for dealing with these systematic uncertainties are more difficult to formulate. The seminar will explore some common ways in which systematic uncertainties manifest themselves and look at general methods, both frequentist and Bayesian, for controlling and summarizing them in a meaningful way.

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