We describe an innovative statistical approach for the ab initio simultaneous analysis of the formation history and morphology of the large-scale structure of the inhomogeneous Universe. Our algorithm explores the joint posterior distribution of the many millions of parameters involved via efficient Hamiltonian Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling. We describe its application to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey data release 7 and an additional non-linear filtering step. We illustrate the use of our findings for cosmic web analysis: identification of structures via tidal shear analysis and inference of dark matter voids.
Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology
- Pub Date:
- May 2014
- large-scale structure of universe;
- methods: statistical;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
- 4 pages, 3 figures. Proceedings of the IAU Symposium 306 "Statistical Challenges in 21st Century Cosmology", Lisbon, Portugal, May 25-29, 2014 (eds A.F. Heavens, J.-L. Starck, A. Krone-Martins). Draws from arXiv:1409.6308 and arXiv:1410.0355