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On the blind use of statistical tools in the analysis of globular cluster stars

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As with most data analysis methods, the Bayesian method must be handled with care. We show that its application to determine stellar evolution parameters within globular clusters can lead to paradoxical results if used without the necessary precautions. This is a cautionary tale on the use of statistical tools for big data analysis.

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  1. INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Monte Porzio, Italy

    • Francesca D’Antona
  2. INAF - IAPS, Rome, Italy

    • Vittoria Caloi
  3. Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita’ degli Studi di Cagliari, Monserrato, Italy

    • Marco Tailo

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