Unfortunately, due to a problema I had with my calendar, the lecture of April 30th did not take place: I apologize for that. We will meet again on May 4th and decide a new schedule on that day.


The course is part of the PhD course on "Advanced topics in plasma physics and astrophysics", which now includes about 10 hours on "Statistical methods for astrophysics".

The main topics covered are:

  • Quick recollection of statistical concepts: distributions and their properties (mean, median, mode, standard deviation, higher order moments, covariance)
  • Frequentist and Bayesian interpretations
  • Bayes theorem, prior distribution, likelihood, posterior distribution
  • Test of hypothesis, evidence
  • Numerical techniques: distribution sampling, monte-carlo methods, MCMC