This webpage provides information for the 4th Heidelberg Summer School hosted by the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg.


IMPRS for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg,
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy,
University of Heidelberg

David W. Hogg, New York University
Ian McHardy, University of Southampton
William H. Press, University of Texas, Austin

When & where:
The 4th Heidelberg Summer School took take place August 10-14, 2009 at the "Max-Planck Haus" (Max Planck building) in Heidelberg, Germany

Scope of the School:

The goals of the IMPRS Summer schools are:
(1) to bring together research students of various fields for discussion and exchange of ideas;
(2) to encourage young researchers and advanced students to continue research in these fields; and
(3) to strengthen future interdisciplinary research in these areas;

The topic of this school, Statistical Inferences from Astrophysical Data, is of essential interest for almost all astronomical and astrophysical projects. Examples are huge dates sets from large-scale surveys, similar imformation from corresponding numerical simulations, the limit of sparse data coverage in time or space, incomplete data, the searching for periodicities in (unevenly) sampled data ...

Topics covered by the main lecturers include

  • Approaches to hypothesis testing, parameter testing
  • Modeling, testing, estimating in astrophysics
  • The time domain, multi-epoch data, red noise

Further topics were Monte Carlo approaches, maximum likelyhood techniques, parametric tests, biases in censored/incomplete data, or Bayesian statistics applications.

School format:

The IMPRS Summer school 2009 had prepared 4 major streams of information:

The IMPRS Summer School has four major components:

(1) The lecturing program on general issues of Statistical Inferences is taught by our invited lecturers David W. Hogg, Ian McHardy, and William H. Press.
(2) A few presentations on specific scientific applications will be given by scientists from Heidelberg institutes.
(3) Lab exercises. Note, that in order to be prepared for these exercises it is required to bring your own laptop and to install certain software packages prior to the school. The lab exercises were assisted by Jo Bovy (New York University), Dimitrios Emmanoulopoulos (University of Southampton), and Dustin Lang (University of Toronto).
(4) The social program intended to provide a pleasent and relaxed atmosphere for fruitful scientific discussion between all participants.

  School gallery

  School program

  List of participants

  Summer school poster:

          A2 (10mb pdf), A4 (4mb pdf),