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I'm hearing a lot of buzz around the Higgs this morning.
I haven't done any digging but it sounds to me like a discovery!

www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news...has-been-found.html#

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We are holding printing of several newspapers for this. Rumer is teh Americans found it 20 years ago but could not see it in the data, and CERN confirmed the discovery last week.

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Replied by mjc on topic Re: Higgs Boson Discovery?

Some caution is still required.

For an official discovery of a new particle we need a detection at 5 sigma and a confirmation by a second independent team - also of five sigma.

Five sigma is a very high bar that the particle physicists set themselves.

What we have is a detection at 5 sigma and a confirmation at 4.9 sigma (all data).
(by choosing two optimal, selective, experimental data sets, the confirmation can be declared to be 5 sigma - but this isn't good science).
Therefore we, strictly, are not quite there. But to deny this detection would be getting very pinickity. I believe they have a new particle.

Question now is - is it the Higgs boson - or something closely related.

Jury is out - but I believe that we have achieved something spectacular.

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Replied by wbean on topic Re: Higgs Boson Discovery?

Hi Mark.

I'm not sure I understand sigma. Is it the different energy levels at which they perform the experiments at the LHC?

I remember the announcement last year when they said they had made certain detections, but that the lower energy level they were testing at indicated that the higgs might be detectable at higher energies. Or does the sigma number just relate to the kind of particles that they are colliding?

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Replied by eansbro on topic Re: Higgs Boson Discovery?

One sigma means the results could be random fluctuations in the data,
3 sigma counts as an observation
5-sigma result is a discovery.

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Replied by johnomahony on topic Re: Higgs Boson Discovery?

It means that the data lies within five standard deviations. It's a statistical term to determine confidence of the data.
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Replied by PaulWalsh on topic Re: Higgs Boson Discovery?

From what I have read 5 sigma is 99.9999% sure of a discovery
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Replied by albertw on topic Re: Higgs Boson Discovery?

From what I have read 5 sigma is 99.9999% sure of a discovery


This give a good overview of the statistical basics:
www.physicscentral.com/buzz/blog/index.c...=5248358123737529836
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Replied by Nerro on topic Re: Higgs Boson Discovery?

Well that is exiting alright, but I think I will be on the other side of trenches here.
LHC was build to detect Higgs and so far after numerous announcements they still can't give 5 sigma on this.i know I sound like a real skeptick, but I recon all this fuss is only to keep up the funding. And I wouldn't blame them considering the money spent on this experiment. And I really don't think the governments which funded this project would take no for an answer even tho if the experiment would turn out to be a complete fiasco it would be still great achievement for science.
So I think they found something alright but I have a funny feeling that it's going to turn out to be something else. At least that's my thoughts and I would be more than happy to be corrected on this.
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Well that is exiting alright, but I think I will be on the other side of trenches here.
LHC was build to detect Higgs and so far after numerous announcements they still can't give 5 sigma on this.i know I sound like a real skeptick, but I recon all this fuss is only to keep up the funding. And I wouldn't blame them considering the money spent on this experiment. And I really don't think the governments which funded this project would take no for an answer even tho if the experiment would turn out to be a complete fiasco it would be still great achievement for science.
So I think they found something alright but I have a funny feeling that it's going to turn out to be something else. At least that's my thoughts and I would be more than happy to be corrected on this.


Perhaps the announcement is timely but that is understandable. The strength of the Sigma level is strongly dependent on the data sample size (it's all about signal to noise- the bigger sample size the better the s/n ratio). With a few more data points I'm sure they can push the confidence up to 5 sigma.
You may have heard of six sigma or lean six sigma used in design and manufacturing processes- its the same principle.
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It seems they have now achieved 5 sigma.
Has anybody else heard?
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