Event weighting vs. Event Counting

Jörg Pretz
2022 Proceedings of RDP online PhD school and workshop "Aspects of Symmetry" — PoS(Regio2021)   unpublished
Goal of these proceedings is to introduce a method based on event weighting in particle physics experiments. Weighting means that events are not just counted as integer numbers but are assigned a weight factor according to their importance in the analysis. This method has a close connection to the maximum likelihood method known to reach the smallest statistical error. The purpose of this document is to give a more educational overview on the subject. As an example the extraction of a beam polarization from scattered particles is discussed.
doi:10.22323/1.412.0002 fatcat:kyb4pxuai5cifmj36o4fkzbp6e