Vostat: A statistical web service for astronomers

Arnab Chakraborty, Eric D. Feigelson, G. Jogesh Babu

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VOStat is aWeb service providing interactive statistical analysis of astronomical tabular datasets. It is integrated into the suite of analysis and visualization tools associated with the international Virtual Observatory (VO) through the SAMP communication system. A user supplies VOStat with a dataset extracted from the VO, or otherwise acquired, and chooses from among ~60 statistical functions. These include data transformations, plots and summaries, density estimation, one- and two-sample hypothesis tests, global and local regressions, multivariate analysis and clustering, spatial analysis, directional statistics, survival analysis (for censored data like upper limits), and time series analysis. The statistical operations are performed using the public domain R statistical software environment, including a small fraction of its >4000 CRAN add-on packages. The purpose of VOStat is to facilitate a wider range of statistical analyses than are commonly used in astronomy, and to promote use of more advanced methodology in R and CRAN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-305
Number of pages11
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number925
StatePublished - Mar 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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