Davide Gerosa

Population-informed priors in gravitational-wave astronomy

No black hole is an island entire of itself.

We’ve got many gravitational wave events now. One can look at each of them individually (aka “parameter estimation”), all of them together (aka “population”), or each of them individually while they’re together. That’s what we do in this paper: we look at the properties of individual gravitational-wave events in light of the rest of the observed population. The nice thing is that all of these different ways of looking at the data are part of the same statistical tool, which is a hierarchical Bayesian scheme. Careful, heavy stats inside, don’t do this at home.

Christopher J. Moore, Davide Gerosa.
Physical Review D 104 (2021) 083008.
arXiv:2108.02462  [gr-qc].

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