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We review several topics arising in astronomical research where the statistical analysis of spatial point processes plays a central role in scientific investigations. These include: the distribution of stars in the Milky Way; the distribution of galaxies in two and three dimensions; the location of clusters of photons from faint astronomical sources in detectors; the classification of objects in large multivariate databases; and the sky distribution of gamma-ray bursters. A variety of challenging methodological issues arise including anisotropic filamentary clustering, modeling of Poisson spatial processes, and weighted measures of clustering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-326
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Statistical Planning and Inference
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 15 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics


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