I was going to write a brief summary. Decided not to.
This work was supported by STFC (UK). I thank my collaborators on these topics — Maria Beltran, Pier Stefano Corasaniti, Marina Cortês, Juan Garcia-Bellido, Martin Kunz, Ofer Lahav, Samuel Leach, Julien Lesgourgues, Pia Mukherjee, Cédric Pahud, David Parkinson, Martin Sahlén, Anze Slosar, Roberto Trotta, and Yun Wang — for numerous discussions, with special appreciation for Pia and David's work with me on the nested sampling method. I also thank Sarah Bridle, George Efstathiou, Alan Heavens, Mike Hobson, Andrew Jaffe, Eric Linder, and John Peacock for many debates concerning Bayesian data analysis.
|AIC||Akaike information criterion|
|BIC||Bayesian information criterion|
|CDM||Cold dark matter|
|CMB||Cosmic microwave background|
|CosmoMC||[A software package for MCMC analysis]|
|DETF||Dark energy task force|
|FoM||Figure of merit|
|ΛCDM||Lambda cold dark matter (model)|
|MCMC||Markov Chain Monte Carlo|
|WMAP||Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe|