Statistics of the Galaxy Distribution

Wilfrid S Kendall
  • Journal of the American Statistical Association, March 2003, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1198/016214503388619265

A book review of an application of statistic to a truly immense length scale.

What is it about?

This book review surveys a really excellent book on how to use statistics to understand the underlying structure of the spatial distribution of galaxies.

Why is it important?

What could be more important than understanding the universe of all creation!?

Perspectives

Wilfrid Kendall (Author)
University of Warwick

A particularly interesting aspect of this application of statistics is, that depth information is very hard to obtain. So one always has to bear in mind how what one appears to see as a 2-D projection might play out in the enormous 3D (relativistic!) canvas of the whole universe.

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