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65 Statistics and Probability

Includes data sampling and smoothing; Monte Carlo method; time series analysis; and stochastic processes.


Statistic – A quantity calculated from a sample of observations, usually as an estimate of some population parameter such as mean or standard deviation. AGARD Multilingual Aeronautical Dictionary, 1980.

Probability – A real number in the scale 0-1 attached to a random event. It can be related to a long run relative frequency of occurrence or degrees of belief that an event will occur. AGARD Multilingual Aeronautical Dictionary, 1980.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : All statistical and probability theory, sampling techniques, reliability theory and techniques related to aerospace activities, aircraft and spacecraft control, facilities, development, and manufacturing.

Selective Interest : Statistics and probability related to transportation, agriculture, water pollution, and air pollution of possible aerospace interest or application.

Negative Interest : Statistics and probability concerned with banking, housing, home furnishing, and general manufacturing of a nonaerospace nature.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • analysis of variance
  • Bayesian statistics
  • data sampling
  • data smoothing
  • error analysis (statistics)
  • Markov processes
  • martingales
  • maximum likelihood estimation
  • minimax techniques
  • Monte Carlo method
  • prediction analysis
  • principal components analysis
  • probability
  • probability density functions
  • random sampling
  • regression analysis
  • sampling techniques (statistics)
  • statistical techniques
  • statistics
  • stochastic processes
  • time series analysis
  • Weilbull distributions