Making sense of data: introduction to statistics for gravitational-wave astronomy
This first IMPRS course at AEI Potsdam took place in Fall/Winter 2019/2020 and was broadcast to all IMPRS partner institutions.
Synopsis: Measurements of the properties of gravitational wave sources are imperfect due to the presence of noise in the gravitational wave interferometers used to detect them. Extracting useful scientific information from these observations therefore requires careful statistical analysis of the data in order to understand the significance of the observed events, the level of uncertainty in the parameter estimates and the implications of the observations for the population from which the sources are drawn. This lecture course gives an overview of some key statistical ideas and techniques that are essential for interpreting current and future gravitational wave observations.
The course website can be found here