Vol 20, No 4

Toward accurate measurement of property-dependent galaxy clustering I. Comparison of the Vmax method and the “shuffled” method

Lei Yang, Yi-Peng Jing, Zhi-Gang Li, Xiao-Hu Yang


Abstract Galaxy clustering provides insightful clues to our understanding of galaxy formation and evolution, as well as the universe. The redshift assignment for the random sample is one of the key steps to accurately measure galaxy clustering. In this paper, by virtue of the mock galaxy catalogs, we investigate the effect of two redshift assignment methods on the measurement of galaxy two-point correlation functions (hereafter 2PCFs), the Vmax method and the “shuffled” method. We have found that the shuffled method significantly underestimates both of the projected 2PCFs and the two-dimensional 2PCFs in redshift space, while the Vmax method does not show any notable bias on the 2PCFs for volume-limited samples. For flux-limited samples, the bias produced by the Vmax method is less than half of the shuffled method on large scales. Therefore, we strongly recommend the Vmax method to assign redshifts to random samples in the future galaxy clustering analysis.


Keywords galaxies: statistics — galaxies: galaxy formation and evolution — large-scale structure of universe

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