Temporal Data Analysis:
Theory and Procedures

Mauro Orlandini

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Course Outline

  • Part I: Theory
    1. Classification of Physical Data
      • Deterministic Data
      • Random Data
    2. Harmonic Analysis
      • Fourier Series
      • Continuous Fourier Transformation
      • Window Functions
    3. Temporal Analysis on Digital Data
      • Discrete Fourier Transform
      • Theorems and Rules
      • Convolution, Parseval Theorem
      • The Sampling Theorem
      • Fast Fourier Transform
  • Part II: Procedures
    1. Procedures for Analyzing Random Data
      • Procedures for Analyzing Individual Records
      • Procedures for Analyzing a Collection of Records
    2. Temporal Analysis in X-ray Astronomy
      • Power Spectra in X-ray Astronomy
      • Power Spectral Statistics
      • The Signal Power
      • Detection of Features
      • Power Spectral Searches Made Easy
      • Types of Variability
      • Analysis of Unevenly Sampled Data
      • Analysis of a Coherent Signal

Suggested Bibliography

Random Data: Analysis and Measurement Procedures, 4th Edition
Bendat J.S. and Piersol A.G.
Wiley-Interscience (2010)
ISBN: 978-0-470-24877-5
Fourier Transformation for Pedestrian
Butz T.
Springer-Verlag (2006)
ISBN: 978-3-540-23165-3
The Fourier Transform and its Applications
Osgood Brad G.
30 video lectures (about 50 min each) available online
Fourier Techniques in X-ray Timing
van der Klis M.
in Timing neutron Stars, H. Ögelman and E.P.J. van den Heuvel (eds), Kluwer Academic Pub., p.27-69 (1989)
Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing
Press W.H., Teukolsky S.A., Vetterling W.T. and Flannery B.P.
Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 978-0-521-88068-8


For the data analysis we will use the X-ray timing analysis package XRONOS, part of the Xanadu sotware, freely available from the HEAsoft download page.

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