Hobby astronomers wanting to get started with astrostatistics need the following: - A computer. Any reasonably recent machine will do. Clearly, the more powerful your computer, the more computationally demanding procedures you are able to run.
- Astronomical data. You will have to find a data set online containing data on astronomical phenomena of interest to you. Some pointers are given in the Data section of this website.
- Statistical software. Popular open source packages include R and Python. For now, this websites has a strong focus on R, see the Software section.
## BookA good book with useful examples is Modern statistical methods for astronomy - with R applications, by Feigelson and Babu, 2012. ## GamesA fun way to conduct data analyses is to take part in online contests, such as those organised by Kaggle. Every now and then they have a contest involving astronomical data. Examples from the past are: Mapping dark matter, Observing dark worlds, and The galaxy challenge. ## MoreThe website Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics Portal (ASIAP) contains a wealth of information on the subject, mainly for professionals but the website is certainly also informative for hobbyists. |