marginalization over orbital phase

Jagannath and I changed our stream-fitting code to marginalize over orbital phase. This is much better (in principle) than optimizing for it at each star. Will it perform well in practice? We wait to see. On a related note, Tsalmantza and I finished the marginalization of our quasar-redshift likelihoods over spectral parameters. Here too it remains to be seen if this improves our redshift predictions. Both of these projects are, in some sense, testing Bayesianism, since frequentists can't marginalize their likelihoods.

At lunch, Christian Schwab, Andreas Quillenbach (LSW), and I discussed the crazy stellar pulsations that can look very much like exoplanets. Our project is to model them and do hypothesis testing.

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