A very common question in astronomy is the following: is that blip I see in my data actually a detection of something or have I been staring at my screen for too long?

This seemingly simple question can actually be a difficult one to answer using a Frequentist (i.e. not Bayesian — yes the real definition is a wee-bit more involved; check the link to another medium article on the subject).

Enter Bayesian Inference!

In the broadest terms imaginable, Bayesian inference is a statistical methodology that answers the quintessential question posed above. …

Carter Rhea

PhD Student in Astrophysics at the University of Montreal working on machine learning in astronomy. Co-founder of cadena.ca

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