GWDAW-8 Abstract: Upper Limits from Loudest Events

Jolien Creighton · University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


I describe how upper limits can be obtained from the loudest (largest signal-to-noise) observed event candidate from an analysis pipeline. Such methods are best suited for producing upper limits, but do not preclude also using the loudest event as a detection candidate. The loudest event method allows a pipeline to avoid a sensitive tuning of a final detection threshold. Background estimates can be included into the loudest event statistic. Authors: Patrick Brady Jolien Creighton (speaker) Alan Wiseman