on Confidence Limits
27-28 March, 2000
1-West Conference Room
An increasingly common activity in our
community is setting limits (Higgs mass, accelerator searches for
neutrino oscillations, B_s mixing, SUSY, compositeness, neutrino
masses, dark matter ......) There are several competing methods
on the market - the CL_s methods used by the LEP Higgs searches;
Bayesian; Feldman-Cousins and modifications thereof; etc.
This one-and-a-half day meeting at Fermilab will include:
The invited speakers to date include Bob Cousins, Fred James,
Louis Lyons, Bill Murray, Harrison Prosper and Byron Roe.
Fred James will give a special series of
three lectures on the
present status in this field 22-24 March.
A black and white copy of his complete
talk transparencies is available in
PDF (4 MB) and
PostScript (5.5 MB) formats.
The dates for the meeting are Monday (all day) and Tuesday
morning, March 27th and 28th. If you are interested in attending,
please register on this web-site. There is no charge for
attending, but if the CERN example is anything to go by, it may
be necessary to limit participation because of space
- talks by the proponents of the various methods;
some comparison of their relative merits; methods of
including uncertainties in background estimates; and
- talks by the various experimental groups on the techniques
they currently use for extracting limits.
workshop is intended for high energy physicists
and people in related fields concerned with the problem of
setting statistical confidence limits,
to help them decide on the approach to use.
All participants should have some familiarity with the methods
Workshop is being held at CERN on January 17th and
18th. There the participants are expected to be already fairly
expert on the subject before the meeting - there is an
extensive reading list to be
studied before the meeting. It is evisaged that the Fermilab
meeting will be at a more instructional level.
is no registration fee. However the number of participants is
limited so registration is required. Please see the
registration page for
will be no proceedings published for this meeting. However a CERN
Yellow Report should be available that contains the
summaries of all the invited talks and submited papers, as well
as the important points brought up during the discussions at the
Workshop on Confidence Limits.
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