On Detecting Periodicity in Astronomical Point Processes

  title={On Detecting Periodicity in Astronomical Point Processes},
  author={Peter J. Bickel and B. J. K. Kleijn and John A. Rice},
Abstract. We consider the problem of detecting periodicity in the rate function of a point process or a marked point process, motivated by the problem of detecting γ-ray pulsars. The detection problem poses both theoretical and computational challenges. On the theoretical side, there are no compelling optimality results that dictate the choice of a detection algorithm and the properties of detection procedures can be quite difficult to analyze. On the computational side, searching over a range… CONTINUE READING