Astronomy 598 Topics in Theoretical Astrophysics (Bayesian Statistics for Computational Science)

Spring 2017: Fri 11:00-12:20 Physics/Astronomy Building A210

Instructor: Pramod Gupta
psgupta *at* astro. washington. edu

Office hours: after class, or email.


Students should know a programming language. Students should bring their laptop to class. If you have a windows laptop please install ssh client software on your laptop so that you can connect to hyak. Students should have a hyak account and should bring the e-token to class. Any UW student can get a hyak account. Instructions are at below link:


(1) Likelihood

(2) Maximum Likelihood Estimation

(3) Bayes' Theorem

(4) Prior Probability Distributions

(5) Principle of Maximum Entropy

(6) Markov Chain Monte Carlo


Homework problems (100% of grade) will be assigned every week.


Data Analysis: A Bayesian Tutorial
Second edition