Preprint / physics.data-an / hep-ex arXiv:1209.6545

Modified frequentist determination of confidence intervals for Poisson distribution

Bitioukov, S I ; Krasnikov, N V

2012

Abstract: We propose modified frequentist definitions for the determination of confidence intervals for the case of Poisson statistics. We require that 1-\beta^{'} \geq \sum_{n=o}^{n_{obs}+k} P(n|\lambda) \geq \alpha^{'}. We show that this definition is equivalent to the Bayesian method with prior \pi(\lambda) \sim \lambda^{k}. Other generalizations are also considered. In particular, we propose modified symmetric frequentist definition which corresponds to the Bayes approach with the prior function \pi(\lambda) \sim 1/2(1 + \frac{n_{obs}}{\lambda}). Modified frequentist definitions for the case of nonzero background are proposed.

Note: Comments: 15 pages, 3 figures. Talk given by N.V. Krasnikov at Workshop "Calculations for modern and future colliders", Dubna, July 2012, Russia

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