Non-Gaussian Error Distribution of the Cosmic Lithium Problem

Stephen Houston

Supervisor: Dr. Bharat Ratra 


Dr. Bharat Ratra has been enormously helpful, patient, and kind throughout my statistical analysis project and I am honored to have had the opportunity to study with such a great scientist, teacher, and person. I would also like to thank my research partner, Sara Crandall, for her ability to teach me the skills required to complete this project and also all of her hardwork and time that was dedicated to this project. Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Kristan Corwin and Dr. Larry Weaver for allowing me this phenomenal opportunity to work with such great people and friends over the period of a wonderful summer that included a priceless learning experience.


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