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From: John Houck <houck_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 10:33:00 -0400
On Mon, Jun 07, 2004 at 09:44 -0400, nrbutler_at_email.domain.hidden> 
> Hey,
> I haven't seen anyone comment on this before.  Apologies if that's not the 
> case.
> I've noticed that the conf() function in ISIS (and fconf() and vconf())
> determine parameter confidence intervals by freezing the other parameters
> and by varying the interesting parameter until a desired dchi^2 is
> achieved.  

That's not the way it works -- what makes you think so?
You can use vconf to see how all non-frozen parameters 
are varied during the confidence limit search.

>            I'm not sure what this means statistically. 
> The standard XSPEC approach is to fit the other (non-interesting) parameters
> as the interesting parameter is varied.  When the desired dchi^2 is found
> in this case, the parameter bounds are confidence regions based on the
> likelihood ratio test.  This is valid if your number of data points and counts
> are large.

ISIS does it the same way.

> In practice, the important thing I've noticed is that ISIS underestimates
> confidence intervals relative to XSPEC.  If this isn't a bug, it would
> be a good idea for there to be more explanation in the manual and help.
> -Nat

Can you quantify this?  If there's a significant consistent
difference, I'd like to understand it.


John C. Houck         MIT Center for Space Research
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