A review of the blind analysis technique, as used in particle physics measurements, is presented. The history of blind analyses in physics is briefly discussed. Next the dangers of "experimenter's bias" and the advantages of a blind analysis are described. Three distinct kinds of blind analysis in particle physics are presented in detail. Finally, the BABAR collaboration's experience with the blind analysis technique is discussed.
Statistical Problems in Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology
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- Physics - Data Analysis;
- Statistics and Probability;
- High Energy Physics - Experiment
- Talk from PhyStat2003, Stanford, Ca, USA, September 2003, 4 pages,LaTeX, 5 eps figures. PSN TUIT001