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Results with more data, do you have to correct? [closed]

For example,$$m_1 = \frac{\delta x}{\delta t_1 }$$ where $t$ is time. So if you get a gradient from one experiment and then repeat the experiment with 3 times as much timing data, but the $x$ value ...
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How do you find the uncertainty of a weighted average?

The following is taken from a practice GRE question: Two experimental techniques determine the mass of an object to be $11\pm 1\, \mathrm{kg}$ and $10\pm 2\, \mathrm{kg}$. These two ...
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Calculating statistical significance of peak over background in counting experiment

I histogrammed the invariant masses of particular events in a counting experiment. There is a specific peak which towers over the expected exponential background. How can I give the statistical ...
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Calculating jerk vs Fitts law for smoothness

I've tracked the movement of an input method resulting in this dataset. All data is tracked with equal intervals of 100ms. For example an iteration value of 4 means that this is the position of the ...
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Should I see evidence of neutron induced gammas on a background spectrum?

If I am looking at a background gamma spectrum taken from a neutron spallation source whilst the beam was off (IE in a shutdown period), should I expect to see emissions coming from neutron induced ...
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What is the Benefit of Plotting a Log of Net Force vs. Log of Acceleration Graph?

In preparation for a quiz, I've been going over a set of sample questions. One question in particular asks that if I am to graph the logarithm of the horizontal net force of a system vs the ...
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Interpolating experimental data correctly (limited model knowledge)

I have data which I know follows a function $y = f(x)$ such that it is quadratic i.e. $y =\alpha x^2$ for some $\alpha$ when $x\rightarrow 0$ and $y = \beta x$ for large $x$. The data itself has ...
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Sine wave in my residuals graph [closed]

We had a physics experiment where we should have had a linear relation between 2 measured values, we got a pretty good fir however our residuals plot has a kind of a sine wave behaviour. We were told ...
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Choosing curves in data fitting [closed]

I have got a series of data points in experiments. And now I am trying to do some fitting job. What kind of curve should I select for this if I don't know what the exact expression is?
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What kind of phenomena generates this set of values? [closed]

My problem is about trying to give a name to the function or to the set of values being pictured by this the lower left is $(0,0)$ and as you can see only very few values are below the axis $y=0$, ...
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How is Spin experimentally determined?

I know what spin is and how theories determine it for particles. What I don't understand yet, is how people, through experiments and data analysis or whatever, reach to confirm/say that the $X$ ...
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Coherent intermediate scattering function from simulations

I want to calculate the coherent intermediate scattering function, $S_{\text{coh}} (\mathbf{Q},t)$, from a molecular dynamics trajectory, based on its definition. The definition of the function is: ...
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Where can I find Lorentzian values for the width of spectral lines for fitting XPS data?

I'm trying to curve fit my XPS data. I would like to start with known parameters to have an idea. Does anyone know of places the Lorentzian (and even the Gaussian) of elements is located?
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Is Machine Learning a useful tool for analyzing experimental data? [closed]

Apart from being a student of Physics I'm also a developer and recently in the context of cloud development I've been hearing a lot about cloud based Machine Learning. After looking at some examples ...
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Why does natural counting with a gamma spectrometer differ from Neutron activation analysis?

As stated in the title, why are the data from natural counting using s gamma spectrometer different than the data from neutron activation analysis using the same samples?
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Problem with denoising BICEP2 data?

This question pertains to this article which talks about why the BICEP2 measurements of B-mode polarization in Cosmic microwave background radiation turned out to be noise from galactic stardust. They ...
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Starter projects/visualizations/analyses? [closed]

I just renovated a desktop that had been in storage for a while and I am looking for good ideas for data analysis or numerical analysis projects in physics. I have taken up to E&M, and special ...
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Textbook about the handiwork of a HEP analysis?

I'm wondering if there is a textbook that describes the handiwork of a particle physics analysis. There are a bunch of books about theory, about the experimental aspects like detectors, and about ...
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Data analysis for a magnetic hysteresis loop

I'm a physics undergrad and I have MOKE data for a magnetic material (thin permalloy film on a silicon substrate). Here is one of the hysteresis loops I obtained, plotted using python: The form of ...
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What does it mean for a map to be “coadded”?

So there is this wiktionary definition of coaddition, but it's rather brief. Could anyone expand on this, perhaps giving a short example and explaining why its useful? The context that I initially ...
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Karhunen-Loeve transform of a repeating process

This question is inspired by measurements of an unsteady flow. I have some doubts about interpretation of principal component transform using Karhunen-Loeve theorem. I have (centered $\equiv$ zero ...
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Decide Refractive index of a unknown piece of glass [closed]

Problem: The task is to find $n_2$ by Fresnel's equation from given data. My attempt at solution: I begin from this equation: $$R= \left|\frac{(n_2\cos\theta_i - n_1\cos\theta_t)}{(n_2\cos\theta_i ...
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What exactly is an arbitrary parameter?

I was reading the article Turning Points: A meeting with Enrico Fermi by Freeman Dyson (available e.g. here), and I had a question about Dyson's use of the term 'arbitrary parameter'. More ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Extractable information from peak significance changes?

Apologies for the title - I couldn't think of a better way to summarize my question I have a table which contains information on 60 gamma spectra taken over a total period of 20 days, from the hall ...
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Advanced data analysis in Physics experiments

I know that regression, chi-distribution, covariance, error propagation, etc. are frequent tools for experimental physicists. So, I'd like to know if advanced statistics topics are used in data ...
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Machine readable database of gamma lines

Friends of mine did a lab experiment where they recorded $\gamma$-spectra in the range from 0 to 1500 keV with a soil sample. The data contains some background and a couple sharp peaks at different ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Fitted Singlet

I'm using some gamma acquisition and analysis software. When I ask the software to do some sort of Nuclide Identification, almost every single peak in the generated output is marked with "F". ...
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Converting impact speed to pressure magnitude

In explosive safety and stability testing, a drop test is commonly used to determine the sensitivity to impact. In the test, an impactor of known mass is dropped. The initial height varies throughout ...
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Error in total counts

I'm performing a radioactivity experiment where I measure a specific number of counts in some time period t. Later on I take the total count rate. (Number of counts/time: $N/t$) I'm supposed to find ...
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What does it mean to “bin” in a spectroscopy context

In the following online article http://www.star.le.ac.uk/~sav2/stats/a.html I see the word "bin" used, in relation to x-ray spectroscopy, both as a verb and as a noun (people both "bin" things and ...
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Filament lamp $(V,i)$ behavior between 0 and 1V

I was wondering why the behavior is more "chaotic" at 0~1V when compared to 2V+ (which is when it starts to glow).
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Arrhenius Fit: Linear or exponential form?

I have a seemingly easy question about performing an Arrhenius fit to the equation $$y = A \times \exp \left( -\frac{E_A}{RT} \right)$$ I can either fit this in the exponential form using a ...
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Need Some Help Creating A Couple Of Equations [duplicate]

I've posted about this project before as math is not at all my strong subject anymore. I have a couple sets of data and I need to make some equations for them. I've used Excel to get trend lines, but ...
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Does a muon detector on Earth's surface correctly measure the mean lifetime of a muon?

Just a simple question. Does a muon detector on Earth's surface correctly measure the mean lifetime of a muon? I would think the answer is no because most muons detected are created about 15 km above ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Do annihilation photons produce a backscatter peak?

Below is a diagram of part of a structure which I find in a gamma spectrum taken from a hall in which a neutron source is undergoing spallation. The structure which I'm interested in can be seen ...
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Free-Fall Lab Help - Getting weird results

So, I am doing a free-fall lab for my physics class. We got the values and I have the results here(we used a infrared photo-gate). Basically, we have a brass cylinder and a wood cylinder. Each are ...
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Help Writing An Equation [closed]

Truthfully, math past basic algebra was never my strong suit even though I went through stats in college. So I have to write an equation for this for a program and could use some help. I am reading ...
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Searching for a textbook on Imaging

I'm hoping someone can recommend a book that will cover the physics involved in optical range image capture. I have a degree in physics, so I am looking for something on the technical end. To expand, ...
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How does my reference point affect the regresion of data about Hooke's law?

A vertical spring is used (subject to a universal support) whose length is $20$ $cm$ when no force is acting on it. We put on a weight of $1$ $N$ and the new length is $22$ $cm$. When writing the data ...
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Measurements and errors

I've measured several values of $V$ and $I$ in a simple circuit to determine de value of a resistance $R$: $$R=\frac{V}{I}$$ I have a list of points $(V,I)$ with their corresponging error (from the ...
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Estimate Uncertainties in Rietveld Refinement

I have the output of an x-ray diffraction experiment made on a thin film. Here I report the output of the experiment (I analyzed those data using powdercell and coloured regions have been excluded ...
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Log of a quantity and graphs in log-scale

Is there any difference between taking the logarithm of a quantity, and plotting a quantity in logarithmic scale?
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X-ray diffraction on thin film

As far as I am concerned, when we perform an X-ray diffraction experiment using a Bragg-Brentano diffractometer using the "powder method" we have that the scattering pattern depends on only one angle ...
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Statistical analysis of data in Physics

Analysis of data is integral in bridging the gap between theory and experiment. How much do the results of the analysis depend upon the choice between Bayesian and frequentist methods? For instance, ...
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Determining the spatial imaging resolution based on a pinhole diffraction pattern

I aimed a 780 nm/1mW laser at a 1μm pinhole and took a picture of it using a lens and a CCD camera. The magnification of my imaging system is ~25 times. I wrote some code that takes the image of the ...
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How to guess the correct fitting function to some data?

Imagine we are plotting some date points $\left(x_i,f(x_i)\right)$ that we obtained experimentally, and that we want to know what $f(x)$ is. The way to do this is to use some software and try to fit ...
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White Noise Generator Through Low Pass Filter - Autocorrelation of normalized data dropping below 0 (showing negative correlation)

I am doing the following experiment: http://physlab.lums.edu.pk/images/a/ab/Correlation.pdf It is basically a white noise generator running through a low pass filter. Sample voltages are taken and ...
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How to find time when temperature crossed certain threshold?

I have a data from experimental system concerning temperature of molten lead. In this system, temperature is increased in one place and then is measured when this increase of temperature travels to a ...
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Estimation of source irradiance given the spectral sensitivity of the instrument and spectrum of the source

I am trying to measure the irradiance of a UV source, but the available instrument has a different sensitivity. Suppose the black line corresponds to the spectral sensitivity of the instrument ...
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Multivariate Analysis: how to start

I'd like to start to know something about Multivariate Analysis before studying this guide..something like a "Primer"... Could you suggest me a link, a file? Thanks!