for Statistical and Computational Methods
Location : JFB B-1
Location : South Physics, Room 205
Days : Monday and Wednesday
Time : 12:55 PM-02:50 PM
A survey of mathematical, statistical and computational methods of analyzing and modeling phenomena in astrophysics, biophysics, and physics in general. The goal is to connect observational data with underlying physical processes through numerical simulations, analytic approximations, and statistical analyses. Subjects in statistics include parameter estimation, Fisher information and correlators. Other topics, such as analytical methods (including series and asymptotic approximations to functions and wavelet analysis) and numerical topics (including data visualization, Monte Carlo methods and dynamical modeling) may be discussed as time permits. Case studies, tuned to student research interests in physics and astronomy, provide examples.
Dr. Michael Vershinin
Office phone: 801-581-5803
Email: vershinin at
Office hours : 11 am - noon on Mondays
Contact instructor to arrange a meeting at other times.
The course will draw on many sources. For discussions of statistics we will draw upon:
Data-Driven Modeling & Scientific Computation
by J. Nathan Kutz (2013)
Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-966033-6
Non-parametric Statistics with Applications to Science and Engineering,
by P.H.Kvam & B. Vidakovic (2007)
Publisher: Wiley. ISBN: 978-0-470-08147-1
Three non-comprehensive exams will be given with equal weighting towards the final grade.
The letter grades will be assigned as follows :
Dropping, CR/NC etc. :
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