The Indian Institute of Astrophysics and the Center for Astrostatistics, Pennsylvania State University (USA) jointly organised an 8-day school in fundamental statistical inference as applicable to astrophysical problems for practising astrophysicists. This was the second school in the series.

Given that empirical astrophysics is an observational science, the importance of rigorous application of statistical methods to astrophysical data analysis cannot be overstated. Moreover, empirical astrophysics research has seen a paradigm shift in recent years in that it routinely involves data mining of large multiwavelength data sets, requiring complex automated processes that must invoke a very diverse set of statistical techniques. The Astrostatistics Schools are designed to meet this new challenge by providing a strong conceptual foundation in modern statistics as well as a repertoire of state-of-the-art statistical tools applicable to astrophysical problems.

The school was designed for all levels of practising astrophysicists wishing to enhance their grasp of the application of statistics to their research. In addition to lectures, there was a heavy emphasis on hands-on tutorials using software tools implemented in the public-domain multi-platform R computing environment, which, besides being open-source, is the current standard in research-level statistical computation. The content of the school broadly followed the pattern of the first school.

The Indian Institute of Astrophysics, located in Bangalore, is a premier institution devoted to research in astrophysics and other allied areas in physics. The Center for Astrostatistics, Pennsylvania State University (USA), is an interdisciplinary research centre at the interface of astrophysics and statistics, where researchers from both disciplines collaborate to share and develop methodologies in order to meet the modern challenges of empirical astrophysics.

The school was held on the picturesque campus of the Vainu Bappu Observatory (VBO), a field station of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), which is located near the village of Kavalur in the Javadi Hills in Tamil Nadu.

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