# Questions tagged [data-analysis]

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### Modelling a spring powered car - using a cubic

I've designed, built and tested a mousetrap-powered car. However, I'm having trouble with how to fit the results. I claim an approximate fit to a displacement-time graph of the car should be a cubic ...
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### Optimizing Muon Lifetime Data

I performed an experiment which measured the lifetime of a muon. The apparatus was very archaic and susceptible to disturbances, which means that there would inevitably be some unreasonable data ...
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### Power Spectrum Density of real valued time series data

There are real valued time-series data X(t) and corresponding auto-correlation function ACF(t)=$\left<X(0)X(t)\right>$. As written in wikipedia, Power Spectrum Density (PSD) can be calculated ...
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### Optical pyrometry data analysis and manipulation

Today I was doing my Optical pyrometry lab experiment with a following setup. I had a wolfram wire light bulb connected to a circuit in which I could control voltage. Using the pyrometer, I was to ...
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### Homework/Lab question about my data analysis

I in the experiment, I have tried to find a relationship between a quantity B and quantity I. First I plotted the raw data into a graph and tried different curve fits in excel. This is the graph that ...
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### Graph analysis of accelerometer data

I used my mobile accelerometer sensor to collect data from a moving bike where I held it in my hand in a way that the smartphone sensor +Y axis is in the direction of the moving bike always. This can ...
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### Can we plot a FFT for a Decibel vs Seconds data?

I was plotting FFT for Decibel values corresponding to the time in which it was recorded using a DAQ for My project, The sample data looks like this, I was attempting to plot the FFT thinking that ...
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### Light Bulb Resistance

If the voltage and current of a circuit containing a light bulb are measured using a multimeter after consecutively lowering the voltage (building of a data set), what (type of) function will describe ...
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### How long should I record the data of walking acceleration for FFT analysis?

Seems there is no apparent frequency of walking activity (it should be approximately close to 2 Hz) Is it because the time of the data is too short? Here is my csv file:enter link description here
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### How to subtract background from many spectra which were taken with different background intensity?

I have two spectra, a spectrum of background signal (let's call it Reference) and measured spectrum consisting of searched signal and background signal. The searched signal is a peak/s with various ...
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### Calculating uncertainty in a fitted model

I am working on a project that requires the measurement of the Verdet constant of a material by observing a phase shift in the cosine squared model provided by Malus's law. I have recorded the ...
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### How do we know the LHC results are robust?

Nature article on reproducibility in science. According to that article, a (surprisingly) large number of experiments aren't reproducible, or at least there have been failed attempted reproductions. ...
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### Visually comparing variances

I have a dataset containing 8 categories, I now want to visually compare the variance between the categories. The most common approach would be to use box plots or violin plots but I would like to ...
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### What is BVI Photometry and how is it used?

I searched for data about Cepheids light curves (often used as standard candles for measuring distances), and found that all of the data comes in a form of "BVI Photometry" or "BVI Photoelectric ...
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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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### Error propagation and data linearization

I am fairly new to teaching error propagation to students but came across a question I couldnā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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### 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 ...