Lecture Notes in Physics

Statistical Methods for Data Analysis in Particle Physics

Authors: Lista, Luca

  • Self-contained course-based graduate text
  • Contains many exercises and worked-out examples
  • New second edition significantly expands on the original material, with more background content applications and examples (e.g. look-elsewhere effect).
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This concise set of course-based notes provides the reader with the main concepts and tools needed to perform statistical analyses of experimental data, in particular in the field of high-energy physics (HEP).

First, the book provides an introduction to probability theory and basic statistics, mainly intended as a refresher from readers’ advanced undergraduate studies, but also to help them clearly distinguish between the Frequentist and Bayesian approaches and interpretations in subsequent applications. More advanced concepts and applications are gradually introduced, culminating in the chapter on both discoveries and upper limits, as many applications in HEP concern hypothesis testing, where the main goal is often to provide better and better limits so as to eventually be able to distinguish between competing hypotheses, or to rule out some of them altogether.

Many worked-out examples will help newcomers to the field and graduate students alike understand the pitfalls involved in applying theoretical concepts to actual data.

This new second edition significantly expands on the original material, with more background content (e.g. the Markov Chain Monte Carlo method, best linear unbiased estimator), applications (unfolding and regularization procedures, control regions and simultaneous fits, machine learning concepts) and examples (e.g. look-elsewhere effect calculation).

 



About the authors

Luca Lista works on the CMS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, specifically on the search for dark matter and on top-quark physics. He has been involved in testing the Standard Model of particle physics and in the search for the Higgs boson. 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Statistical Methods for Data Analysis in Particle Physics
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
941
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62840-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62840-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-62839-4
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVI, 257
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 97 illustrations in colour
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