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September 2016

Data analysis in Hamburg

by Giles Strong

Guten Tag! Last week I took a short break from my secondment in Padova (which is going well, expect a post on it sometime) to attend a CMS data-analysis school hosted by The Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg.

I’d gone with the hope of getting a proper and hands-on introduction to CMSSW, the centrally-managed software used by the CMS collaboration to access and analyse their data from the LHC. I got this, and a lot more!

The school began Continue reading “Data analysis in Hamburg”

Hacker metarmorphysics: tmux

by Pablo de Castro

This is the first post in a series which will go over some of the computing tools and practises that make my life as a scientific researcher easier. Today I will tell you about tmux and some of its use cases. Tmux is a modern terminal multiplexer and has become an extremely useful component of my remote data analysis and software development workflow.

Both in industry and in many scientific disciplines Continue reading “Hacker metarmorphysics: tmux”

Mixture of normals

by Greg Kotkowski

Modern statistical modelling seeks for more and more flexible methods to describe a wide variety of random phenomena. The Gaussian distribution is heavily exploited thanks to its properties, easy interpretation and simplicity. However, the data is often more complex and fitting it with a normal distribution is insufficient for skewed or heavily-tailed settings. Hence, more sophisticated methods are of great importance.

On the other hand, more complex approaches bring new difficulties. It is often not as straightforward Continue reading “Mixture of normals”

My internship at B12 Consulting starts soon!

by Alessia Saggio

When I joined this network, I knew that I would travel a lot and that I would experience working with data analysis in (almost) all its different forms. This is actually what I’ve been doing until now and mainly what I will be doing from next week on until the end of the year. Well, to be honest, this new experience Continue reading “My internship at B12 Consulting starts soon!”

Hermione had become a bit pink

by Pietro Vischia

Hi there!

So, in a recent blog post I told a bit about me. However, this morning I was lazily re-reading it, when I suddenly remembered that a text is nothing more than a collection of elements, linked one to each other by some rules (grammar) and some standard associations: by standard associations, I mean that the topic you are writing about dictates the words that you are most likely to use. For example, if you are writing about Continue reading “Hermione had become a bit pink”

General Searches and Black Swans at the LHC

by Fabricio Jiménez

Hi again! So, this time I’m going to tell you about two ideas which are fairly new to me but nonetheless interesting (and, I think, closely related): General searches for new phenomena at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and Black Swan events. Continue reading “General Searches and Black Swans at the LHC”

Seriously, I wanted to become a cop

by Pietro Vischia


Very shamefully, this is my first post on the network blog: I hope to make up for this by spamming writing a reasonable amount of posts in the near future.

For now, a brief presentation of myself 🙂

My name is Pietro Vischia. I come from Padova, in Italy, where I was born and where I got my bachelor and master degree in Physics. I then Continue reading “Seriously, I wanted to become a cop”

The INFN Selection: Five Advices to Researcher Wannabes

by Tommaso Dorigo

Next Monday, the Italian city of Rome will swarm with about 700 young physicists. They will be there to participate to a selection of 58 INFN research scientists. In previous articles in my blog (see e.g. here, herehere, herehere, here, and here) I have offered some training questions, based on my own experience of similar selections and on how Continue reading “The INFN Selection: Five Advices to Researcher Wannabes”

Technical University Munich offers Ph.D. position in the network

by the AMVA4NewPhysics press office

A new Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position in the network has opened up at Technical University Munich (TUM).

Different from the experimentally oriented ESR positions we have filled so far in the network, TUM is offering a three-year Ph.D. position in theoretical physics. The ESR will be involved in searches for New Physics and their implications for Physics beyond the Standard Model. The main goal Continue reading “Technical University Munich offers Ph.D. position in the network”

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