Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Role of Statistics in the Higgs Boson Discovery

With the scientific world abuzz today over the (possible) confirmation of the existence of the Higgs Boson, this post from David Smith on the SmartData Collective is a must-read for anyone with an interest in statistics.

© 2012, David E. Giles


  1. Hi Professor Dave!

    I have wondered why it is five sigmas in physics and 3 sigmas (95% CI)in Econometrics and it would be interesting to hear your view on this issue.

    1. It can be whatever you decide to choose - quite arbitrary. And it's not always 3 sigmas in econometrics.