Research Interests

  • Bayesian inference, information theory, and related topics (e.g. MaxEnt)
  • Nested Sampling
  • Astrostatistics (in various fields including gravitational lensing and reverberation mapping, among others)

For posterior samples, see Brews.

Publications

AMORPH: A statistical program for characterizing amorphous materials by X-ray diffraction
Michael C. Rowe, Brendon J. Brewer, 2017, submitted. Preprint Software.

Properties of the Affine Invariant Ensemble Sampler's "Stretch Move" in high dimensions
David Huijser, Jesse Goodman, Brendon J. Brewer, 2017, submitted. Preprint.

Computing Entropies with Nested Sampling
Brendon J. Brewer, 2017, Entropy, 19, 422. Paper (open access) Software.

The Structure of the Broad-Line Region In Active Galactic Nuclei. II. Dynamical Modeling of Data from the AGN10 Reverberation Mapping Campaign
C. J. Grier, A. Pancoast, A. J. Barth, M. M. Fausnaugh, B. J. Brewer, T. Treu, B. M. Peterson, 2017, accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. Preprint.

Model selection and parameter inference in phylogenetics using Nested Sampling
Patricio Maturana R, Brendon J. Brewer, and Steffen Klaere, 2017, preprint.

DNest4: Diffusive Nested Sampling in C++ and Python
Brendon J. Brewer and Daniel Foreman-Mackey, 2017, accepted for publication in the Journal of Statistical Software. Preprint Software.

Red nuggets grow inside-out: evidence from gravitational lensing
Lindsay Oldham, Matthew W. Auger, Christopher D. Fassnacht, Tommaso Treu, Brendon J. Brewer, L.V.E. Koopmans, David Lagattuta, Philip Marshall, John McKean, Simona Vegetti, 2017, MNRAS, 465, 3185. Preprint.

Bayesian survival analysis of batsmen in Test cricket
Oliver G. Stevenson and Brendon J. Brewer, 2017, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 13(1): 25–36. Preprint.

What Experts Do and Don't Know
Brendon J. Brewer, 2016, article in Quillette Magazine. Available here.

The elusive stellar halo of the Triangulum Galaxy
B. McMonigal, G. F. Lewis, B. J. Brewer, M. J. Irwin, N. F. Martin, A. W. McConnachie, R. A. Ibata, A. M. N. Ferguson, A. D. Mackey, S. C. Chapman, 2016, MNRAS, 461, 4374. Preprint.

The Mathematics of Happiness
Brendon J. Brewer, 2016, article in Quillette magazine. Available here.

Unscrambling the second law of thermodynamics
Brendon J. Brewer, 2016, article in Quillette magazine. Available here.

Uncovering the planets and stellar activity of CoRoT-7 using only radial velocities
J. P. Faria, R. D. Haywood, B. J. Brewer, P. Figueira, M. Oshagh, A. Santerne, N. C. Santos, 2016, A&A 588, A31. Preprint.

Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. IV. Anomalous behavior of the broad ultraviolet emission lines in NGC 5548.
M. R. Goad and many co-authors (including B. J. Brewer), 2016, ApJ, 824, 11. Preprint.

Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. III. Optical Continuum Emission and Broad-Band Time Delays in NGC 5548
M. M. Fausnaugh and many co-authors (including B. J. Brewer), 2016, ApJ 821, 56. Preprint.

The Great Statistical Schism
Brendon J. Brewer, 2015, article in Quillette magazine. Available here.

Trans-Dimensional Bayesian Inference for Gravitational Lens Substructures
Brendon J. Brewer, David Huijser, Geraint F. Lewis, 2016, MNRAS, 455, 1819-1829. Preprint.

Bayesian Inference and Computation: A Beginner's Guide
Brendon J. Brewer, 2015, contribution to the XXVI Winter School of Astrophysics. To be published by Cambridge University Press. Draft.

The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Spectroscopic Campaign and Emission-Line Light Curves
Barth, A. J. and many coauthors (including B. J. Brewer), 2015, ApJ Supplement Series, 217, 26. Preprint.

Fast Bayesian Inference for Exoplanet Discovery in Radial Velocity Data
Brendon J. Brewer, Courtney P. Donovan, 2015, MNRAS, 446, 3206. Preprint.

Dissecting magnetar variability with Bayesian hierarchical models
D. Huppenkothen, B. J. Brewer, D. W. Hogg, I. Murray, M. Frean, C. Elenbaas, A. L. Watts, Y. Levin, A. J. van der Horst, C. Kouveliotou, 2015, ApJ, 810, 66. Preprint.

Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. II. Swift and HST Reverberation Mapping of the Accretion Disk of NGC 5548
R. Edelson and many coauthors (including B. J. Brewer), 2015, ApJ, 806, 129. Preprint.

Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. I. Ultraviolet Observations of the Seyfert 1 Galaxy NGC 5548 with the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on Hubble Space Telescope
G. De Rosa and many coauthors (including B. J. Brewer), 2015, ApJ, 806, 128. Preprint.

Inference for Trans-dimensional Bayesian Models with Diffusive Nested Sampling
Brendon J. Brewer, 2014, arxiv only (for the time being). Preprint.

Modeling reverberation mapping data I: improved geometric and dynamical models and comparison with cross-correlation results
Anna Pancoast, Brendon J. Brewer, Tommaso Treu, 2014, MNRAS, 445, 3055. Preprint.

Modeling reverberation mapping data II: dynamical modeling of the Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2008 dataset
Anna Pancoast, Brendon J. Brewer, Tommaso Treu, Daeseong Park, Aaron J. Barth, Misty C. Bentz, Jong-Hak Woo, 2014, MNRAS, 445, 3073. Preprint.

Hierarchical Reverberation Mapping
Brendon J. Brewer, Tom M. Elliott, 2014, MNRAS, 439, L31. Preprint.

The SWELLS Survey. VI. hierarchical inference of the initial mass functions of bulges and discs
Brendon J. Brewer, Philip J. Marshall, Matthew W. Auger, Tommaso Treu, Aaron A. Dutton, Matteo Barnabè, 2014, MNRAS, 437, 1950. Preprint

A transdimensional Bayesian method to infer the star formation history of resolved stellar populations
J. J. Walmswell, J. J. Eldridge, B. J. Brewer and C. A. Tout, 2013, MNRAS, 435, 2171. Preprint

The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Fe II Reverberation from the Outer Broad-Line Region
Aaron J. Barth, Anna Pancoast, Vardha N. Bennert, Brendon J. Brewer, and many coauthors, 2013, ApJ, 769, 128. Preprint

Probabilistic Catalogs for Crowded Stellar Fields
Brendon J. Brewer, Daniel Foreman-Mackey, David W. Hogg, 2013, AJ, 146, 7. Preprint

The SWELLS survey - V. A Salpeter stellar initial mass function in the bulges of massive spiral galaxies
A. A. Dutton, T. Treu, B. J. Brewer, P. J. Marshall, M. W. Auger, M. Barnabè, D. C. Koo, A. S. Bolton, L. V. E. Koopmans, 2013, MNRAS, 428, 3183. Preprint

The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Dynamical Modeling of the Broad Line Region in Mrk50
Anna Pancoast, Brendon J. Brewer, Tommaso Treu, Aaron J. Barth and many coauthors, 2012, ApJ, 754, 49. Preprint

The SWELLS survey. IV. Precision measurements of the stellar and dark matter distributions in a spiral lens galaxy
Matteo Barnabè, Aaron A. Dutton, Philip J. Marshall, Matthew W. Auger, Brendon J. Brewer, Tommaso Treu, Adam S. Bolton, David C. Koo, Léon V. E. Koopmans,  2012, MNRAS, 423, 1073. Preprint

The SWELLS survey. III. Disfavouring "heavy" initial mass functions for spiral lens galaxies
Brendon J. Brewer, Aaron A. Dutton, Tommaso Treu, Matthew W. Auger, Philip J. Marshall, Matteo Barnabè, Adam S. Bolton, David C. Koo, Léon V. E. Koopmans, 2012, MNRAS, 422, 3574. Preprint

The Lick AGN Monitoring Project 2011: Reverberation Mapping of Markarian 50
A. J. Barth and many coauthors (including B. J. Brewer), 2011, ApJ, 743, L4. Preprint

Bayesian Analysis of Reverberation Mapping Data
Brendon J. Brewer, 2011, in Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy V. Preprint

The SWELLS Survey. I. A large spectroscopically selected sample of edge-on late-type lens galaxies
T.Treu, A. A. Dutton, M. W. Auger, P. J. Marshall, A. S. Bolton, B. J. Brewer, D. Koo, L. V. E. Koopmans, 2011, MNRAS, 417, 1601. Preprint

The Mass of the Black Hole in Arp 151 from Bayesian Modeling of Reverberation Mapping Data
Brendon J. Brewer, Tommaso Treu, Anna Pancoast, Aaron J. Barth, Vardha N. Bennert, Misty C. Bentz, Alexei V. Filippenko, Jenny E. Greene, Matthew A. Malkan, and Jong-Hak Woo, 2011, ApJ Letters, 733, L33. Preprint

Geometric and Dynamical Models of Reverberation Mapping Data
Anna Pancoast, Brendon J. Brewer, Tommaso Treu, 2011, ApJ, 730, 139. Preprint

The SWELLS survey. II. Breaking the disk-halo degeneracy in the spiral galaxy gravitational lens SDSS J2141-0001
A. A. Dutton, B. J. Brewer, P. J. Marshall, M. W. Auger, T. Treu, D. C. Koo, A. S. Bolton, B. P. Holden, L. V. E. Koopmans, 2011, MNRAS, 417, 1621. Preprint

A Compact Early-type Galaxy at z = 0.6 Under a Magnifying Lens: Evidence For Inside-out Growth
M. W. Auger, T. Treu, B. J. Brewer, P. J. Marshall, 2011, MNRAS Letters, 411, L6. Preprint

Modelling of the Complex CASSOWARY/SLUGS Gravitational Lenses
Brendon J. Brewer, Geraint F. Lewis, Vasily Belokurov, Michael J. Irwin, Terry J. Bridges, N. Wyn Evans, 2011, MNRAS, 412, 2521. Preprint

A comparison of Bayesian and Fourier methods for frequency determination in asteroseismology
Timothy R. White, Brendon J. Brewer, Timothy R. Bedding, Dennis Stello, Hans Kjeldsen, 2010, Communications in Asteroseismology. Preprint

AAOmega Observations of 47 Tucanae: Evidence for a Past Merger?
Richard R. Lane, Brendon J. Brewer, Laszlo L. Kiss, Geraint F. Lewis, Rodrigo A. Ibata, Arnaud Siebert, Timothy R. Bedding, Peter Szekely, Gyula M. Szabo, 2010, ApJ Letters 711, L122-L126. Preprint

Diffusive Nested Sampling
Brendon J. Brewer, Livia B. Pártay, Gábor Csányi, Statistics and Computing, 2011, 21, 4, 649-656. Preprint

Entropic Priors and Bayesian Model Selection
B. J. Brewer and M. J. Francis, presented at MaxEnt 2009. Preprint

Low-Energy Astrophysics: Stimulating the Reduction of Energy Consumption in the Next Decade
Marshall, P.J., Bennert, N., Rykoff, E.S., Shen, K.J., Steinfadt, J.D.R., Fregeau, J., Chary, R.-R., Sheth, K., Weiner, B., Henisey, K.B., Quetin, E.L., Antonucci, R., Kaplan, D., Jonsson, P., Auger, M.W., Cardamone, C., Tao, T., Holz, D.E., Bradac, M., Metcalfe, T.S., McHugh, S., Elvis, M., Brewer, B.J., Urrutia, T., Guo, F., Hovest, W., Nakajima, R., For, B.-Q., Erb, D., Paneque, D., 2009, Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, Position Papers, no. 35. Preprint.

Gaussian Process Modelling of Asteroseismic Data
B. J. Brewer and D. Stello, 2009, MNRAS, 395, 2226. Preprint

Unlensing HST Observations of the Einstein Ring 1RXS J1131-1231: A Bayesian Analysis
B. J. Brewer, G. F. Lewis, 2008, MNRAS, 390, 39. Preprint

The Implications of the Early Formation of Life on Earth
Brendon J. Brewer, was submitted, but I withdrew it because the referee didn't like it and I'm still thinking through the issues. Arxiv only.Preprint

A Molecular Einstein Ring at z=4.12: Imaging the Dynamics of a Quasar Host Galaxy Through a Cosmic Lens
Dominik A. Riechers, Fabian Walter, Brendon J. Brewer, Christopher L. Carilli, Geraint F. Lewis, Frank Bertoldi and Pierre Cox, 2008, ApJ, 686, 851. Preprint

Getting Your Eye In: A Bayesian Analysis of Early Dismissals in Cricket
B. J. Brewer, was submitted to a journal but vanished into the aether after the first revision. Arxiv only. Preprint

Solar-like oscillations in the metal-poor subgiant nu Indi: II. Acoustic spectrum and mode lifetime
F. Carrier, H. Kjeldsen, T. R. Bedding, B. J. Brewer, R. P. Butler, P. Eggenberger, F. Grundahl, C. McCarthy, A. Retter, C. G. Tinney, 2007, A&A, 470, 1059. Preprint

Solar-like oscillations in the G2 subgiant beta Hydri from dual-site observations
Timothy R. Bedding, Hans Kjeldsen, Torben Arentoft, Francois Bouchy, Jacob Brandbyge, Brendon J. Brewer, R. Paul Butler, Joergen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Thomas Dall, Soeren Frandsen, Christoffer Karoff, Laszlo L. Kiss, Mario J.P.F.G. Monteiro, Frank P. Pijpers, Teresa C. Teixeira, C. G. Tinney, Ivan K. Baldry, Fabien Carrier, Simon J. O'Toole, 2007, ApJ, 663, 1315. Preprint

Bayesian Inference from Observations of Solar-Like Oscillations
B. J. Brewer, T. R. Bedding, H. Kjeldsen and D. Stello, ApJ, 2007, 654, 551B. Preprint

The evolution of host mass and black hole mass in QSOs from the 2dF QSO Redshift Survey
S. Fine, S. M. Croom, L. Miller, A. Babic, D. Moore, B. Brewer, R. G. Sharp, B. J. Boyle, T. Shanks, R. J. Smith, P. J. Outram, N. S. Loaring, MNRAS, 2006, 373, 613F. Preprint

The Einstein Ring 0047-2808 Revisited: A Bayesian Inversion
B. J. Brewer and G. F. Lewis, ApJ, 2006, 651, 8. Preprint

Solar-like oscillations in the metal-poor subgiant nu Indi: constraining the mass and age using asteroseismology
T. R. Bedding, R. P. Butler, F. Carrier, F. Bouchy, B. J. Brewer, P. Eggenberger, F. Grundahl, H. Kjeldsen, C. McCarthy, T. B. Nielsen, A. Retter, C. G. Tinney, ApJ, 2006, 647, 558. Preprint

Strong Gravitational Lens Inversion: A Bayesian Approach
B. J. Brewer and G. F. Lewis, ApJ, 2006, 637, 608. Preprint

The light curve of the semiregular variable L2 Puppis: II. Evidence for solar-like excitation of the oscillations
T. R. Bedding, L. L. Kiss, H. Kjeldsen, B. J. Brewer, Z. E. Dind, S. D. Kawaler, A. A. Zijlstra, MNRAS, 2005, 361, 1375. Preprint

Probing Sub parsec Structure in the Lyman Alpha Forest with Gravitational Microlensing
B. J. Brewer and G. F. Lewis, MNRAS, 2005, 356, 703. Preprint Honours thesis (PDF, 1.97 Mb)

When Darwin met Einstein: Gravitational Lens Inversion with Genetic Algorithms
B. J. Brewer and G. F. Lewis, PASA, 2005, 22, 128. Preprint 3rd year report (DOC, 335 kb)

Bayesian Estimation and Cricket
Brendon J. Brewer, 2005. Just for fun. Available here