Data Analysis Techniques for Physical Scientists

Author:   Claude A. Pruneau (Wayne State University, Michigan)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Edition:   New edition
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9781009245005


Pages:   718
Publication Date:   16 June 2022
Format:   Paperback
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A comprehensive guide to data analysis techniques for physical scientists, providing a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as seasoned researchers. The book begins with an extensive discussion of the foundational concepts and methods of probability and statistics under both the frequentist and Bayesian interpretations of probability. It next presents basic concepts and techniques used for measurements of particle production cross-sections, correlation functions, and particle identification. Much attention is devoted to notions of statistical and systematic errors, beginning with intuitive discussions and progressively introducing the more formal concepts of confidence intervals, credible range, and hypothesis testing. The book also includes an in-depth discussion of the methods used to unfold or correct data for instrumental effects associated with measurement and process noise as well as particle and event losses, before ending with a presentation of elementary Monte Carlo techniques.

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Author:   Claude A. Pruneau (Wayne State University, Michigan)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9781009245005


ISBN 10:   1009245007
Pages:   718
Publication Date:   16 June 2022
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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'This ambitious book provides a comprehensive, rigorous, and accessible introduction to data analysis for nuclear and particle physicists working on collider experiments, and outlines the concepts and techniques needed to carry out forefront research with modern collider data in a clear and pedagogical way. The topic of particle correlation functions, a seemingly straightforward topic with conceptual pitfalls awaiting the unaware, receives two full chapters. Professor Pruneau presents these concepts carefully and systematically, with precise definitions and extensive discussion of interpretation. These chapters should be required reading for all practitioners working in this area.' Peter Jacobs, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 'The techniques described in this textbook on correlation functions, and on efficiency and acceptance of an experimental apparatus, are key to understanding the approach used in many contemporary large-scale experiments; they are relevant for theoretical and experimental researchers alike, both in nuclear and particle physics and in many other areas where large data volumes and multi-dimensional data are investigated. I consider this an important and unique addition to the current literature on the subject.' Peter Braun-Munzinger, GSI Helmholtzzentrum fur Schwerionenforschung, Germany 'This text is a very welcome addition to the books available in the area. It provides concise and eminently readable information on probability and statistics but also deals in quite some detail with many of the techniques used currently in running high-energy and nuclear physics experiments but not covered in standard texts. A case in point is the beautiful expose on Kalman filtering, and the sections which deal with particle identification techniques. Presented so that theoretical researchers can get much-needed information on how data analysis works in such environments, the text is also very well suited to all students of experimental physics, and is particularly interesting for students and more senior researchers alike who have specialized in large nuclear and particle physics experiments.' Johanna Stachel, University of Heidelberg 'Data Analysis Techniques for Physical Scientists is both monumental and accessible. While targeted towards data analysis methods in nuclear and particle physics, its breadth and depth insure that it will be of interest to a much broader audience across the physical sciences. Designed as a textbook, with ample problems and expository text, this wonderful new addition to the literature is also suitable for self-study and as a reference. As such, it is the book that I will first recommend to my students, be they undergraduates or graduate students.' W. A. Zajc, Columbia University, New York 'The text is clearly written, and the book is well laid out with numerous useful illustrations. For its target audience, this is an excellent book.' A. H. Harker, Contemporary Physics 'Data Analysis Techniques for Physical Scientists offers an accessible but rigorous and comprehensive presentation of data analysis techniques in modern large-scale experiments. Furthermore, much of the book is applicable beyond the physical sciences; it is a useful resource on probability and statistics that would benefit anyone who works with large data sets. Taken as a whole, it is an exceptional general reference for graduate students and seasoned experimental researchers alike.' Emilie Martin-Hein, Physics Today


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Claude A. Pruneau is a Professor of Physics at the Wayne State University, Michigan, from where he received the 2006 Excellence in Teaching Presidential Award. He is also a member of the ALICE collaboration, and conducts an active research program in the study of the Quark Gluon Plasma produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. He has worked as a Research Fellow at both Atomic Energy for Canada Limited and McGill University, Canada, and is a member of the American Physical Society, Canadian Association of Physicists and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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