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Why do Temperatures Equalize

I have some Oxygen at Temp A in one container and some Nitrogen at Temp B in another container. If I mix these two containers eventually both the Oxygen and Nitrogen will be at the same temperature. ...
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Total uncertainty of multiple stereo camera depth measurements

I have a stereo camera that measures depth for a rectangular area of pixels in a single image. Each depth measurement is obtained independently (this goes back to the stereo matching algorithm used). ...
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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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How do I find uncertainties in an intensity plot created from a photograph?

I have a photo of a laser beam (taken by sending the laser into a CCD). I then took the image and ran it through an image reader that gave an intensity surface plot. I then took a single cut from that ...
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Error propagation estimation [closed]

I have a physical quantity A defined as $A=(74.5 B^2*(M+N))^{1/3}$ where B, M, N and relative uncertainties are given. And M and N are dependent on B: $log M=(0.755 \pm 0.059)*log B+(0.416\pm ...
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Dispersion parameters for Pasquill–Gifford stability class G (extremely stable)

Gaussian plume models are often used to model atmospheric dispersion because they are simple and computationally efficient. When not constrained by the ground or by inversion layers, the Gaussian ...
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Goodness of fit for two different properties of the same model?

This is a question about statistics and optimisation. I have a model which produces two different distributions of the same dimension. Let's say they are the mean velocity distribution $\langle v(r) ...
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Relevance of pure mathematics vs statistics to physics [closed]

For someone currently studying physics, with an interest in experimental physics, would pure mathematics or statistics be more relevant?
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Derivation for the most probable macrostate for distinguishable particles using lagrange's method of undetermined multipliers

We have an expression for $\Omega$ (occupation of each macrostate) in terms of $n_i$ (occupation numbers) . We want to find the $n_i$ which maximises $\Omega$. We now that ...
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Counting the accesible microestates compatible with the macrostate conditions

Let be a system consisting of $N$ magnetic dipoles with magnetic dipole $\vec{\mu}$ in a magnetic field $\vec{B}$. I want to count the micro states accessible to the macro estate defined by $E=-\mu B$ ...
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Appropriate fit function for $\phi$ meson mass from $K^{+}K^{-}$ pair

I am attempting to measure the mass of the $\phi$ meson using the decay mode $\phi \to K^{+}K^{-}$. I have isolated the $\phi$ meson candidates using this decay mode, and have constructed the graph ...
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Are residuals supposed to have error bars?

Hopefully I'm asking this in the correct section. So I've got a graph with a linear trend of data and a best fit line plotted. The data points on the main graph obviously each have their own error ...
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The central limit theorem from a path integral?

On https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Path_integral_formulation it is noted that the central limit theorem can be interpreted as the first historical evaluation of a statistical path integral. Is this ...
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Thermal average, thermal fluctuations

I've a doubt concerning the physical meaning of "thermal average" and the "thermal fluctuation" in the canonical ensemble. Let's consider a very simple thermodynamic system: N particles, at fixed ...
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How to find the error of all the counts within the Full Width Half Maximum (FWHM)?

We've been doing Gamma ray spectroscopy and have peaks from various sources. We'd use Poisson statistics, but obviously the detector doesn't have a resolution of zero, thus we are summing the counts ...
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LIGO detection statistic, SNR formula

According to B. P. Abbott paper published in Physical Review Letters, "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger" ...
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Does the gravitational wave community plan to lower the threshold for claiming detections by 2000x?

I've read: To investigate the impact of reducing the parameter space for GRB searches, we will deliberately avoid the question of first gravitational wave detection - where a "5-sigma" ...
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Statistical analysis of random variable with finite mean and infinite variance

Given a measurement that (we know from theory) has a finite expected value, but infinite variance, is it possible to have some statistical information? Can I get the significance of such data? Can ...
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Meaning of $5.1\sigma$ significance with regards to GW150914

I couldn't find any publication by LIGO that explains how we should interpret this value. The closest I have found is the following quote: This means that a noise event mimicking GW150914 would be ...
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Why are isoprobabilty contours circles for uncorrelated functions and ellipse for correlated functions? Kindly explain.

I would like to know how to understand these and to learn how to go from a scatter plot to the isoprobabity contour plots. Thanks is advance!
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Does a set of eigenvalues in QM correspond to a random variable in statistics? [duplicate]

In quantum mechanics the possible outcomes of a measurement of a quantity corresponding to a linear hermitian operator $A$ are only the eigenvalues $a_i$ of $A$ (see e.g. ...
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Why is the Pythagorean Theorem used for error calculation? [duplicate]

They say that if $A = X \times Y$, with $X$ statistically independent of $Y$, then $$\frac{\Delta{A}}{A}=\sqrt{ \left(\frac{\Delta{X}}{X}\right)^2 + \left(\frac{\Delta{Y}}{Y}\right)^2 }$$ I can't ...
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Is what statisticians call a “random variable” what physicists call an “observable” in QM? [duplicate]

I read at http://www.statlect.com/fundamentals-of-probability/random-variables that A random variable is a variable whose value depends on the outcome of a probabilistic experiment. Its value is ...
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Calculate the probability that a radioactive nucleus will have decayed after the passage of three half-lives

This is a problem given in my Physics Textbook and I've been trying to solve it for the past hour. It's not something exceptionally challenging, but more conceptual in nature. Not much, connections ...
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What is the physical meaning of the parameter of a Poisson distribution?

I have done a laboratory session at my university where I had to check that the disintegration of nucleii follows a Poisson distribution. $$P(n)=\frac{\lambda^n}{n!} e^{-\lambda}$$ Where $P(n)$ is ...
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Combining errors. Gamma spectrometry, Poisson distribution

I have run an experiment 3 times and measured the results by gamma spectrometry. For example I get values like this (1 $\sigma$): $100 (10)$ $90 (8)$ $110 (12)$ The above 1 sigma error is based ...
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Remove measured distribution from another distribution [closed]

Take a particle beam as an ensemble of many particles. Assume two independent random variables $X_\beta$ and $\delta$ that add up to the horizontal position $X$ of a particle: $$ X = X_\beta + D_x ...
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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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Comparing $X_\text{red}^2$ statistics for cosmological models

I'm evaluating a cosmological model which competes with ΛCDM. I have charted the $Χ_{red}^2$ and $R^2$ statistics for the sample of galaxies from McGaugh et al (2001) for my model and ΛCDM. Each ...
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What is the distribution of a battery transmission?

I have an energy-harvesting battery attached to a node, transmitting data over Rayleigh flat fading channels. Energy in the battery is used, and simultaneously energy is harvested and stored. I want ...
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How should I interpret a Chi-Squared Result?

I've got a Model A with a reduced chi-square of 1.28. I've got a Model B with a reduced chi-square of 0.70. Which is a better model? The model closest to 1 or the model closest to zero? (Yes, I ...
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How to estimate function from PDF and covariance? [closed]

I've added a picture of what I want to compute. In the nomenclature of the picture, I want to compute a realization of y(x) given the known distributions and constants. Let's say y(x), random ...
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Reduced Chi-Square - How to compare values?

I've got two models of velocity curves fitting a Low Surface Brightness (LSB) galaxy: one is MOND-like, the other ΛCDM. I've fit them both with Chi-Square minimization. I understand the winning ...
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Random partitioning of single-mode thermal light

While studying Fundamentals of Photonics by Saleh and Teich, I find it difficult to prove that the photon-number distribution of randomly partitioned single-mode thermal light retain its Bose-Einstein ...
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Use of normal distribution in measurement error theory

When you study an experimental results you assume that normal distribution describe random error, specially in lab courses in K12. Is this true for every random component error treatment in physics? ...
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Residuals are normally distributed

I did not know whether to post this question in the Physics or Statistics section of StackExchange, but the question involves the application of statistics to the analysis of experimental results. I ...
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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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Estimation of the autocorrelation for data on finite size interval

Let's consider we have a continuous random signal ${ t \in ] - \infty \,;\, + \infty [ \mapsto b (t)}$. We assume this signal to be stationary, so that when ensemble-averaged, one may introduce the ...
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In double slit experiments of particles (quantum) which the result is interference pattern, How many particles reach the observing screen?

I mean, I know the particles that reach the screen are going both/neither/either of slits and interference with themselves but statically/percentage how many particles interact with slits, are there ...
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How to obtain a lower mass bound for a unstable (or stable) particle from Poisson statistics?

Imagine you have a particle (stable e.g. if some R-symmetry or similar does exits) heavy or not so heavy... Question: how to guess a lower (upper bound as well) with the aid of Poisson statistics, ...
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Is the MaxEnt “interpretation” of statistical mechanics the current mainstream approach?

I've only recently started studying statistical mechanics and I'm quite confused with the MaxEnt and anti-MaxEnt ideas. I'm looking for a concise answer, if it is possible, not really a description ...
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How does uncertainty/error propagate with differentiation?

I have a noisy temperature (T) vs. time (t) measurement and I want to calculate dT/dt. If I approximate $dT/dt = \Delta T/\Delta t$ then the noise in the derivative gets too high and the derivative ...
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Any fractal physical model that generates time series which demonstrate heavy-tailed (non-Gaussian) behavior in some form?

I know that fractal structures have power-laws in various forms "hidden" in them. I am looking for the most simple fractal model that I can find that generates time series with, say, ...
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Can the uncertainty principle be redefined for different standard deviations?

$$\sigma_x \cdot \sigma_p \ge {{\hbar} \over {2}}$$ Where the $\sigma$ is the standard deviation. What happens to the inequality if you use a different definition of $\sigma$. For instance what ...
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Averaging Multiple Load Graph Values

I'm aware this is a problem of statistical analysis, but given my background in physics and the physical nature of the problem I felt it was best to ask this question in this SE rather than ...
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How to describe frequency spectrum with samples?

I posted this same question in math, but nobody is answering, so I thought I'd give a try here too... To me the question is pretty straightforward, but nevertheless I have to explain its background ...
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Statistical physics Susskind lecture question? Proof of Boltzmann distribution

In lecture 3 of the following series by Susskind on statistical physics, at 36 minutes in he takes the following step and spends the next 5 minutes discussing it, \begin{equation} f(P_i)=-N\sum ...
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Median filtering - cheating?

The concept is simple, and is used to remove non-typical data. A sample set is put in numerical order and the extremes discarded. For example, in an experiment I am doing I take batches of 10 ...
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how to handle errors in this high-school experiment?

I'd like to conduct some measurements with my pupils in the high-school I'm teaching in, but I ran into some conceptual problems. I'd like to measure the (approximately constant) speed $v$ of an ...
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Is half-life a statistical average of variable decay times?

Is the half life of a material only accurate as long as you are still in a macroscopic regime? If I had 8 particles in a box would I observe a fluctuation in half lives, and what would occur within ...