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Statistical Methods of Data Analysis (P23.1.2)
with Practical Exercises
Dr. Ulrich Husemann
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Winter Semester 2010/2011
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Analyzing and correctly interpreting experimental data plays a key role in the modern world, all the way from basic research to finance. A physics student will likely encounter statistical data analysis for the first time in his first lab course. In this lecture we will discuss the basics of statistical data analysis and applications of statistics in physics. During the practical exercises we will apply data analysis methods using the ROOT data analysis package. .

The lecture is part of the curriculum for the "Monomaster" in physics but is well-suited for bachelor students starting from the third semester.


  • Basics of Statistics
  • Probability Functions
  • Random Samples
  • Monte Carlo Methods
  • Parameter Estimation
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Statistical Classification
  • Part of the module P23.1.2b ("Aktuelle Probleme der experimentellen Teilchenphysik")
  • Target audience: mono-master in physics, major subject experimental particle physics
  • Suited for all master students and bachelor students (second year and above)
  • Useful knowledge: basic calculus and linear algebra

Dates, Times, Locations:
Lecture: Thursday, 11—13 c.t. NEW 15 Room 3'101 U. Husemann
Exercises: Monday, 15—17 c.t. (bi-weekly) NEW 15 Room 1'427 (Pool) V. Ferrara
First Exercise: Monday, October 25, 2010, 15:15, NEW 15, 1'427 (Introduction to ROOT)

Contact: Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Platanenallee 6, D-15738 Zeuthen, Room 3L/27
E-Mail: ulrich.husemann@desy.de, Telefon: 033762-7-7392
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