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Higgs Discovery and the Look Elsewhere Effect

Dawid, Richard (2013) Higgs Discovery and the Look Elsewhere Effect. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The discovery of the Higgs particle required a signal of five sigma significance. The rigid application of that condition is a convention that disregards more specific aspects of the given experiment. In particular, it does not account for the characteristics of the look elsewhere effect in the individual experimental context. The paper relates this aspect of data analysis to the question as to what extent theoretical reasoning should be admitted to play a role in the assessment of the significance of empirical data.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dawid, Richardrichard.dawid@univie.ac.at
Keywords: Higgs particle discovery condition Bayesianism 5 sigma limit collider physics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. Richard Dawid
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2013 11:27
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2013 19:05
Item ID: 9661
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: April 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9661

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