University of Heidelberg

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Monday, December 2, 2013 - 11:00am

Max Palmer (Uni Barcelona):

"A Bayesian approach to Open Cluster Distance determination"

Abstract. With the launch of GAIA approaching, we can expect vast quantities of precise parallax data to become available in the coming years. The use of parallaxes is non-trivial, as there are numerous statistical biases and sample selection effects which must be taken into account. I will present a Bayesian method for open cluster distance ditermination, based on Maximum Likelihood Estimation, which utilises all available information on a sample and avoids the need for posteriori corrections of statistical biases or selection effects.

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