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Galaxy bias and the cosmic variance: We use two large CDM simulations to study the statistical properties of biased "galaxy" distribution and to estimate the sample variance due to the choice of the observer position, so-called cosmic variance. For each simulations we employ two empirical bias schemes such that the lowest order statistical property (two-point correlation function) of the "galaxies" closely resembles that of observed galaxies. We then use the Minkowski functionals to measure higher-order statistics.
Figure 1 Distribution of the model biased "galaxies"
Figure 2 Two-point correlation functions of the biased "galaxies"
Shown below are the computed two-point correlation functions for our 4 biased "galaxy" samples. The observed correlation function (by APM galaxy survey) is plotted as open squares. Although all of our samples have similar values for this statistics, there is a significant difference in their higher-order statistics, see Figure 3 below. It is interesting that the 'galaxy' distributions look very different as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 3 The Minkowski functional (v1) measured for the biased "galaxies"
The quantity v1 for the 'galaxy' distributions are
plotted against the "ball radii", bias L1 (solid lines) and
bias L2(dotted line).
Schmalzing, Yoshida, Diaferio, in preparation.
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