Physics307L F08:Schedule/Week 13 agenda/Weighted/Derivation
See Taylor 2nd edition page 174 or Bevington 2nd edition page 58
Step 1: Probability of each measured mean, given parent distributions with same true value
(I.e., assume both data sets have the same "true" value, but with differing standard deviations)
Assume Guassian distributions
Step 2: What is joint probability of getting both means?
Simplify with chi-squared short-hand
Step 3: Principle of maximum likelihood: minimize chi-squared with respect to X
Step 4: Solve for X
obtain result on previous page.