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Questions tagged [data-analysis]

Use for question relating the the techniques of data analysis.

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Interpolation on curvilinear grid [migrated]

How could someone interpolate spatial data on a curvilinear grid, like the one in the picture shown?
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Origin of XRD Peak Asymmetry

I have been doing an introductory XRD experiment in which we measure the crystal spacing of a simple lattice (LiF) and as usual obtained data for intensity against two theta. Ideally the peaks should ...
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Do I force the intercept to zero when determining the coefficient of friction?

I have made these measurements of kinetic friction force vs normal force: I want to measure the coefficient of friction as the slope of the line. Unfortunately the line does not pass through $(0,0)$. ...
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Mathematical Resolution of Overlapping Signals

I would like to take the opinion of physicists (my area is chemistry). During instrumental analysis, the output is a instrument response vs. time. Each peak corresponds to a molecule which is ...
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Why is this version of Fourier deconvolution justiifed?

As I understand it, one typically performs Fourier deconvolution for the data produced by some instrument of a linear system by: Taking the observation of some unit impulse signal $m$, with the ...
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Error propagation and data linearization

I am fairly new to teaching error propagation to students but came across a question I couldn’t answer myself. Say we have a set of data that produces a parabola. In order to linearize the data and ...
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Big Data Handling at the LHC

My understanding is that much of the data that is is collected at the Large Hadron Collider is similar to that in the image below, and that a vast amount of the data contains little of specific and ...
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How to Mathematically Compute Spectral Power Distribution for Each Visible Wavelength in Spectrum?

I'm a CS student and been working on a conversion program that includes computing Spectral Power Distribution (SPD) from each visible wavelength in color spectrum. Here's the formula : $$X = \int_{...
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Observed Data for Asteroid Lightcurve

I am looking to find out more about writing statistical analysis programs in python for astronomy problems and was recommended that I could analyse asteroid light curves for an introduction into the ...
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When to average in the lab for indirect measurements?

I am measuring distance and time to calculate the velocity. I repeat the experiment 10 times. What is better, to first calculate the average of distance and time and then the velocity, or to calculate ...
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How to fit mean squared displacement data from nanoparticle tracking analysis?

I am trying to independently analyze raw nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) data, but my diffusion coefficients calculated directly from x and y pixel values only moderately correlate with reported ...
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Double slit experiment/ fitting data to complicated sine function and vice versa [closed]

As part of analysing the double slit experiment, I've recorded position values for a number of minima and the central peak position. Also, I've conducted a single slit experiment (with unknown width)...
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Removing zero-counts in exponential decay measurement

I'm doing an experiment where I'm measuring the mean-lifetime of muons. I have a set of data points for the number of decays against time, resembling an exponential distribution (of course). But in ...
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Where to find databases from physics experiments?

In some lecture I want to write about data analysis in physics I want to show some real uses of data analysis tools in the analysis of data from real experiments. I tried to search but I couldn't find ...
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What do the points on a Dalitz plot represent

I have read that a Dalitz plot is nothing but the plot of $m_{12}^2$ vs $m_{23}^2$, and that the dots correspond to "events". However, this doesn't really tell me anything. My question can boil down ...
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Estimate of the period of noisy “event counting” data

I have a set of experimental data, which come from a periodical event. More specifically, these are detections from a single photon detector, so there is no intensity, I only have the timestamps of ...
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Data-analysis (Uncertainty and errors)

This is just a data anlysis question but I thought you might need an introduction. In order to calibrate de Michelson interferometer one needs to find $\eta$ in the relation: $d = \eta D_\mu$ where $...
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File with particle decay data [closed]

Does anyone know of a computer parsable file that has basic physics and decay data for (quite many) observable particles, such as mesons, barions, heavy leptons and $W, Z, H$? To clarify the data I ...
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Does the vertex efficiency include track reconstruction efficiency?

Consider a document of ATLAS collaboration on displaced vertex level efficiency. On the first two pages there is a description of cut-offs required to background free displaced vertex reconstruction. ...
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What is the significance of a $\chi^2$ analysis?

What is the merit of $\chi^2$ analysis in the laboratory experiments? Why is so much emphasis put on it?
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Binning or just skipping values in a simulation to avoid autocorrelation

Given a set of data from a generic Montecarlo simulation $x_i$, $(1=1,...,N)$, autocorrelation is expected to happen between data points within relaxation time $\tau$ (correlation time) distance ...
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Jackknife estimation of variance very different from expected variance

I was rapidly introduced to the Jackknife procedure for data analysis and I stumbled upon a problem I'm not able to understand. Let's consider a very simple case: the estimation of the average of a ...
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Is there any experiment that doesn't have a finite countable number of outcomes?

There are a lot of random variables in physics that are, in principle, continuous and unbounded (canonical examples: time, position along each direction). In practice, it is my understanding that the ...
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Exclusion limits on particle dark matter

I'm trying to make sense on how the upper limits of the cross section of particle dark matter (WIMPs) are computed, like in the figure below. This is taken from an article on dark matter searches. ...
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Determining Threshold Voltage and Plateau from experimental data

I’ve been trying to figure out how to interpret the following data from the Geiger muller tube There are only seven data points. Where does the plateau begin? Has the data collection begun after the ...
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Tracking efficiency for experiments at CERN

For various experiments (e.g. ALICE, CMS etc) at the CERN-LHC, people talk about tracking efficiency. What exactly is this tracking efficiency? How different is it from reconstruction efficiency?
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Convergence tests for experimental data

I ran a simulation for the critical density at which traffic flow transitions from laminar flow to start-stop-waves. The results for different road lengths are: From the graph we can see that the ...
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Question about statement of uncertainty

I have a doubt about uncertainty of a measurement. I have a sample of a specific material which is my reference material and it is calibrated and NIST traceable. This sentence is in its data-sheet: ...
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What are common methods to remove discretization on experimental measures?

I have some experimental data, and since the measurements are digital, the data is discretized/quantized/rounded/truncated. I need to know if there are general methods, or common methods, to "smooth" ...
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What causes the 20 second period in LIGO data?

I download LIGO data on GW150914 (gravitational waves) via the code in Mathematica ...
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Parallel Axis Theorem Experiment

I am currently working on a physics experiment to confirm the parallel axis theorem. To do this, I have the following setup: In this experiment I change the distance between the centre of the ...
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Moment of Inertia and Mass Experiement

I am currently working on a physics project to experimentally confirm the relationship between mass and moment of inertia. The experiment is setup as depicted: In this experiment, $r1$ and $r2$ are ...
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Correlations and associativity

Suppose one has a set of data $D$ and a theoretical model $M(A,B,C)$ one wants to fit to it by obtaining the best fitting values of the parameters $A,B,C$, which in principle are free. Plotting the ...
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How to find average in this case?

If we have 10 trials of measuring density each repeated three times. How can we find average? Do we take the average of each trial and then find the average of the averages? Would this be physically ...
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Uncertainty of interpolation when covariance matrix is given

Assume that there is a given covariance matrix of an evaluated quantity ( in my case it's a rection cross section $\sigma = f(E)$, where $\sigma$ is the cross section and $E$ is each energy point ...
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Uncertainty in counting population? Vs uncertainty in measuring length?

I know that when I use a ruler to measure the length of a table, an uncertainty will be the finite width of the ruler's markings. What about when counting people? Say I count the number of people ...
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Consistency of data

In particle physics, what factors do we consider to conclude that the measurements done by two different experiments are consistent with each other? (You may even explain the concept with an example)
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Experiment on friction coefficient

Here you can see the results of the experiment about a friction coefficient: The mean of the friction coefficient becomes 0.262 but when I do a linear regression in the form of y=mx the slope is 0.31....
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How to analyse gamma ray spectra?

I have recently done an experiment using gamma radiation and am now at a loss as to how to analyse the data I acquired. I have a background spectrum and a spectrum from a radioactive sample and need ...
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Can a particle be identified when one knows $\left<dE/dx\right>$ and the Cherenkov angle $\theta_c$?

I have a question about if it would be possible to identify a particle by measuring the energy loss due to ionization $\langle dE/dx\rangle$ and the Cherenkov angle $\theta_c$. I assume that we know ...
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How does finding the $y$-intercept of a graph reduce error compared to finding the average of the data set?

In my particular case I have the equation $$ \frac{1}{d_i} = -\frac{1}{d_o}+\frac{1}{f} $$ and I'm plotting $\frac{1}{d_i}$ against $\frac{1}{d_o}$ to give an intercept of (in theory) -1 and a $y$-...
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Difference between Fourier and Laplace transforms in analyzing data

I have a set of displacement-time graphs from an experiment to convert to the frequency domain. Both the Fourier and Laplace transform seem to do this, so what's the difference between them (...
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What “error” should we report? The standard deviation of the mean or twice the standard deviation of a single measurement?

According to some sources, when one performs $N$ independent measurements of a Gaussian-like distributed values, one should report the mean value $\pm \text{the uncertainty}$ where the uncertainty is ...
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Reporting an uncertainty lower than the precision of the apparatus?

When performing $N$ independent measurements following a Gaussian distribution, it is sometimes said to report the mean and the standard deviation of the mean as value and its uncertainty. Now, the ...
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When to round off standard deviations in uncertainty propagation?

Let's take a concrete example. One is dealing with a wire through which a DC is running. One measures its voltage and obtain its current by measuring the magnetic field around it in some way such that ...
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What do we mean by fit of data in particle physics?

I am unable to clearly understand the meaning of fitting the data. Like in this paper of determination of mass and width of Z boson and number of neutrinos (from ALEPH detector) Does it mean that ...
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Reason for borexino pep flux confidence level error

At the TAUP conference in 2011, the Borexino collaboration presented an analysis of electron-neutrino elastic scattering events in their liquid scintillation detector to claim the first observation of ...
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Determination of spring constant $k$ for an elastomer

Primary Question: How can you determine the spring constant $k$ of an elastic material? I was recently tasked with finding the spring constant for a series of elastomeric materials, the first of ...
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Analyzing the rates of cooling points using the graph and data [closed]

how should i use this data to analyse the differences between the two materials. and what calculations could i use for it?
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What is the difference between data-driven and semi-data-driven techniques?

I keep hearing the terms data-driven and semi-data-driven techniques(especially for background estimation) in many CERN analysis talks. I looked for their difference but didn't find any documentation ...