# Incorporating Nuisance Parameters in Likelihoods for Multisource Spectra

@article{Conway2011IncorporatingNP, title={Incorporating Nuisance Parameters in Likelihoods for Multisource Spectra}, author={John S. Conway}, journal={arXiv: Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability}, year={2011}, pages={115-120} }

We describe here the general mathematical approach to constructing likelihoods for fitting observed spectra in one or more dimensions with multiple sources, including the effects of systematic uncertainties represented as nuisance parameters, when the likelihood is to be maximized with respect to these parameters. We consider three types of nuisance parameters: simple multiplicative factors, source spectra "morphing" parameters, and parameters representing statistical uncertainties in the…

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