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Statistical Concepts in Nuclear Safeguards

Learn about statistical concepts associated with nuclear material measurement techniques and material balance accountability. 


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This course prepares participants to understand how statistical methods are used to evaluate materials accounting data and to assess safeguards effectiveness.

The course is composed of lectures that describe the statistical concepts, followed by laboratory exercises on counting statistics. In addition classroom exercises will provide first-hand experience on propagation of variance and statistical methods used in material accountancy.

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Target Audience

Safeguards professionals who need to understand how statistical methods are used to assess safeguards effectiveness and those involved in the control and accountability of nuclear materials as part of an overall safeguards program.


To provide participants with statistical techniques for analyzing materials accounting data, shipper-receiver differences, and for evaluating measurement methods and detecting undeclared activities.


  • Fundamental statistical principles
  • Propagation of variance techniques
  • Statistics methods applied to destructive and nondestructive measurement techniques
  • Control charts and measurement control
  • Statistical concepts applied to nuclear safeguards

Course Prerequisites

Previous Course Title: Statistical Concepts in Safeguards (MCA-230)


2.5 days

Typical Course Format

The Statistical Concepts in Nuclear Safeguards Training Course will meet at 8:30 AM on the first day of the course, at TA-66, Bldg 1 (pdf), Conference Room A101.

Course schedule: 

Tuesday - Wednesday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Thursday, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.  

Please do not plan to leave the course earlier than noon on Thursday.

A schedule will be provided on the first day of the course. Coffee, tea, and water will be available during the morning and afternoon breaks.  An option for attending a no-host lunch at the training site will be provided for all students. The anticipated cost for these lunches will be approximately $10/person. The money will be collected on the day the lunch is served.

We will be entering into the laboratory to perform some measurements. For safety purposes, please be sure to wear closed toe shoes.