Enhancing BOSS bispectrum cosmological constraints with maximal compression

Davide Gualdi, Héctor Gil-Marín, Robert L. Schuhmann, Marc Manera, Benjamin Joachimi, Ofer Lahav

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Abstract

© 2019 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. We apply two compression methods to the galaxy power spectrum monopole/quadrupole and bispectrum monopole measurements from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey DR12 CMASS sample. Both methods reduce the dimension of the original data vector to the number of cosmological parameters considered, using the Karhunen-Loève (KL) algorithm with an analytic covariance model. In the first case, we infer the posterior through Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling from the likelihood of the compressed data vector (MC-KL). The second, faster option, works by first Gaussianizing and then orthogonalizing the parameter space before the compression; in this option (G-PCA) we only need to run a low-resolution preliminary MCMC sample for the Gaussianization to compute our posterior. Both compression methods accurately reproduce the posterior distributions obtained by standard MCMC sampling on the CMASS data set for a k-space range of 0.03 - 0.12, h, Mpc-1. The compression enables us to increase the number of bispectrum measurements by a factor of ∼23 over the standard binning (from 116 to 2734 triangle bins used), which is otherwise limited by the number of mock catalogues available. This reduces the 68 percent credible intervals for the parameters (b 1, b 2, f, σ 8) by (-24.8 per cent,-52.8 per cent,-26.4 per cent,-21 per cent), respectively. Using these methods for future redshift surveys such as DESI, Euclid, and PFS will drastically reduce the number of simulations needed to compute accurate covariance matrices and will facilitate tighter constraints on cosmological parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3713-3730
Number of pages18
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume484
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • cosmological parameters
  • large-scale structure of Universe
  • methods: analytical
  • LARGE-SCALE STRUCTURE
  • STATISTICS
  • INFERENCE
  • CFHTLENS
  • OSCILLATION SPECTROSCOPIC SURVEY
  • 2-POINT
  • GALAXIES
  • COSMIC SHEAR
  • 3-POINT CORRELATION-FUNCTION
  • LENSING POWER SPECTRUM

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