Volume 541, May 2012
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||11 May 2012|
Type Ia supernova parameter estimation: a comparison of two approaches using current datasets
1 Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, C.P. 68528, CEP 21941-972, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
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2 Coordenação de Licenciatura em Física, Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca, CEP 28635-000, Nova Friburgo, RJ, Brasil
3 Departamento de Engenharia Rural, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, C.P. 16, CEP 29500-000, Alegre, ES, Brasil
Received: 6 December 2011
Accepted: 21 March 2012
We compare the traditional χ2 and complete-likelihood approaches for determining parameter constraints from type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) when the magnitude dispersion is to be estimated as well. The dataset we used was sample combination “e” from Kessler (2009, ApJS, 185, 32), comprising the first-year SDSS-II Supernova Survey together with ESSENCE, SNLS, HST, and a compilation of nearby SNe Ia. We considered cosmological constant + cold dark matter (ΛCDM) and spatially flat, constant w dark energy + cold dark matter (FwCDM) cosmological models and show that, for current data, there is a small difference in the best-fit values and a difference of about 30% in confidence contour areas if the MLCS2k2 light-curve fitter is adopted. For the SALT2 light-curve fitter the differences in area are less significant (≲13%). In both cases the likelihood approach gives more restrictive constraints. We argue for using the complete likelihood instead of the χ2 approach when dealing with parameters in the expression for the variance.
Key words: cosmological parameters / supernovae: general / methods: statistical
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