# New ordering principle for the classical statistical analysis of Poisson processes with background

@article{Giunti1999NewOP, title={New ordering principle for the classical statistical analysis of Poisson processes with background}, author={Carlo Giunti}, journal={Physical Review D}, year={1999}, volume={59}, pages={053001} }

Inspired by the recent proposal by Feldman and Cousins of a ``unified approach to the classical statistical analysis of small signals'' based on a choice of ordering in Neyman's construction of classical confidence intervals, I propose a new ordering principle for the classical statistical analysis of Poisson processes with a background which minimizes the effect on the resulting confidence intervals of the observation of fewer background events than expected. The new ordering principle is…

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