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May 2016

Statistics At L’Escandille

by Tommaso Dorigo

The IN2P3 school of statistics for physicists is underway in Autrans, a nice mountain resort near Grenoble. The school, which is held every other year, has reached its fifth edition. It is organized by several French institutions; among them is the Grenoble LPNC, the IN2P3, and the LPC of Clermont-Ferrand.

The AMVA4NewPhysics network is among the  Continue reading “Statistics At L’Escandille”

Wanted: Early Stage Researcher at CERN

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

The AMVA4NewPhysics members at CERN have recently opened the call to hire their second ESR after Anna Stakia, who you have recently met on this blog.

The new ESR’s work will focus on Higgs physics with modern statistical learning tools. The main goal is an improved classification of Higgs production in association with top quarks via the matrix element method. The successful candidate will contribute Continue reading “Wanted: Early Stage Researcher at CERN”

Satisfaction among Europeans

by Greg Kotkowski

After my arrival to Italy for my PhD studies I was very surprised by the overwhelming happiness and kindness of Italians. Even now after more than half a year of being here I haven’t changed my mind. According to me, a stereotypical Italian would spend the whole morning in a coffee-shop’s garden while reading the newspaper and smoking a cigarette. The warm sun would slightly touch his smiling face and a soft wind from the see would wave his black curly hair. That is the picture I see every day on my trip to the university.

I have started to ask myself if these people are truly happier Continue reading “Satisfaction among Europeans”

A first acquaintance

by Anna Stakia

Just some words about myself, as a first acquaintance!

Well, to begin with, I am from Athens, Greece. Despite the fact that my interest in Physics already started in an early form at a very young age, I pursued my undergraduate studies at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), since computer programming was my second major field of interest.

Nevertheless, even within my engineering studies Continue reading “A first acquaintance”

Thomson and Rutherford, The Fathers

by Tommaso Dorigo

As I am in the process of proofreading the book I have written, “Anomaly!” (see here for what the book is about, and for coordinates to the World Scientific site where you can reserve your copy), I am dealing with clips of text that, for one reason or another, did not make it to the final version of the text. I hate that! I love each and every sentence I put together, so as a way of saving them from oblivion, I decided I would offer these clips erratically as blog posts. The one below was supposed to be Continue reading “Thomson and Rutherford, The Fathers”

On trying to live efficiently

by Giles Strong

“What free time I have, I prefer not to waste” – These words have appeared in various forms in my CV over the past few years, and the reasoning behind them is not just out of wishing to avoid laziness and procrastination, but also because life is short and I want to make the most of mine.

During a typical week Continue reading “On trying to live efficiently”

A PhD abroad also means… learning new languages!

by Alessia Saggio

Hi guys,

Nothing really scientific from me this time (it will come in the next days, I swear), but since I’m living a totally new experience in another country and far from my family, there are plenty of other things that I could talk about apart from physics.

The AMVA4NewPhysics network is meant to encourage international exchanges Continue reading “A PhD abroad also means… learning new languages!”

The Compound Poisson Strikes Back

by Tommaso Dorigo

Today I learned a lesson the hard way – in a nutshell, the lesson is that you should not forget what you yourself teach!

During my “Statistics for Data Analysis” lectures at the PhD course in Padova (and elsewhere – for instance here, here, here, and here) I usually start the course by drawing the students’ attention to the pitfalls of mistaking one statistical distribution for another in a given problem. And the way I do it is by citing one particular example when two physicists were led to believe they Continue reading “The Compound Poisson Strikes Back”

The double Higgs production: a Bayesian nonparametric approach

by Annalisa Balata

How is it possible to isolate the signal of the double Higgs production using the decay channel in which each boson decays into a pair of b-quarks? Which is the best classification model that can help us in separating the signal from background?

In my master thesis I propose a Bayesian model that can be used instead of the common classification techniques, like Continue reading “The double Higgs production: a Bayesian nonparametric approach”

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