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Bayesian Analysis of the WMAP Data – Ben Wandelt

Date: Tue. November 16th, 2004, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Rockefeller 221

The desire to solve the three cosmological conundra of dark matter, dark energy and initial conditions drives us to demand more from cosmological observations. We require methods that link observations to theory in a convenient and lossless way. I will discuss a Bayesian approach to the analysis of the cosmic microwave background that enables the statistically exact extraction of cosmological information from the CMB and present our results from applying this methodology to the first year of WMAP data.

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