Ch. 20. Point processes in astronomy: Exciting events in the universe

Jeffrey D. Scargle, Gutti Jogesh Babu

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We present an overview of point processes in astronomy, with emphasis on data and data analysis, and on modeling of temporal and spatial astrophysical phenomena using point processes. Following a brief discussion of the naive point process theory sufficient for most real-world applications, we outline the facts behind the mysterious gamma-ray bursts, and then detail two different point-process aspects of this exciting problem. Brief discussions of five other areas of astronomy where point processes play an important role conclude this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStochastic Processes
Subtitle of host publicationModelling and Simulation
EditorsD.N. Shanbhag, C.R. Rao
Number of pages31
StatePublished - 2003

Publication series

NameHandbook of Statistics
ISSN (Print)0169-7161

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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