Analysis methods for results in gammaray astronomy.
Abstract
The procedures in current use for analyzing the results of gammaray astronomy experiments are assessed. Two formulas are proposed for estimating the significance of positive observations in searching gammaray sources or lines. The correctness of the formulas is tested with the aid of Monte Carlo simulations. One formula is derived by immediately estimating the standard deviation of the observed signal N_{S;} the other is derived by applying the method of the statistical hypotheses test.
 Publication:

The Astrophysical Journal
 Pub Date:
 September 1983
 DOI:
 10.1086/161295
 Bibcode:
 1983ApJ...272..317L
 Keywords:

 Gamma Ray Astronomy;
 Statistical Analysis;
 Confidence Limits;
 Maximum Likelihood Estimates;
 Monte Carlo Method;
 Astronomy