Everything you wanted to know about Data Analysis and Fitting but were afraid to ask

@article{Young2012EverythingYW,
title={Everything you wanted to know about Data Analysis and Fitting but were afraid to ask},
author={P. Young},
journal={arXiv: Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability},
year={2012}
}

These notes discuss, in a style intended for physicists, how to average data and fit it to some functional form. I try to make clear what is being calculated, what assumptions are being made, and to give a derivation of results rather than just quote them. The aim is put a lot useful pedagogical material together in a convenient place. This manuscript is a substantial enlargement of lecture notes I prepared for the Bad Honnef School on "Efficient Algorithms in Computational Physics", September… Expand