Issue 
A&A
Volume 496, Number 2, March III 2009



Page(s)  577  584  
Section  Astronomical instrumentation  
DOI  https://doi.org/10.1051/00046361:200811296  
Published online  20 January 2009 
The generalised LombScargle periodogram
A new formalism for the floatingmean and Keplerian periodograms
M. Zechmeister  M. Kürster
MaxPlanckInstitut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Received 5 November 2008 / Accepted 19 December 2008
Abstract
The LombScargle periodogram is a common tool in the frequency analysis of unequally spaced data equivalent to leastsquares fitting of sine waves. We give an analytic solution for the generalisation to a full sine wave fit, including an offset and weights ( fitting). Compared to the LombScargle periodogram, the generalisation is superior as it provides more accurate frequencies, is less susceptible to aliasing, and gives a much better determination of the spectral intensity. Only a few modifications are required for the computation and the computational effort is similar. Our approach brings together several related methods that can be found in the literature, viz. the datecompensated discrete Fourier transform, the floatingmean periodogram, and the ``spectral significance'' estimator used in the SigSpec program, for which we point out some equivalences. Furthermore, we present an algorithm that implements this generalisation for the evaluation of the Keplerian periodogram that searches for the period of the bestfitting Keplerian orbit to radial velocity data. The systematic and nonrandom algorithm is capable of detecting eccentric orbits, which is demonstrated by two examples and can be a useful tool in searches for the orbital periods of exoplanets.
Key words: methods: data analysis  methods: analytical  methods: statistical  techniques: radial velocities
1 Introduction
The LombScargle periodogram (Scargle 1982) is a widely used tool in period searches and frequency analysis of time series. It is equivalent to fitting sine waves of the form
.
While standard fitting procedures require the solution of a set of linear equations for each sampled frequency, the LombScargle method provides an analytic solution and is therefore both convenient to use and efficient. The equation for the periodogram was given by Barning (1963), and also Lomb (1976) and Scargle (1982), who furthermore investigated its statistical behaviour, especially the statistical significance of the detection of a signal. For a time series (t_{i}, y_{i}) with zero mean (
), the LombScargle periodogram is defined as (normalisation from Lomb 1976):
where the hats are used in this paper to symbolise the classical expressions. The parameter is calculated via
However, there are two shortcomings. First, the LombScargle periodogram does not take the measurement errors into account. This was solved by introducing weighted sums by Gilliland & Baliunas (1987) and Irwin et al. (1989) (equivalent to the generalisation to a fit). Second, for the analysis the mean of the data was subtracted, which assumes that the mean of the data and the mean of the fitted sine function are the same. One can overcome this assumption with the introduction of an offset c, resulting in a further generalisation of this periodogram to the equivalent of weighted full sine wave fitting; i.e., . Cumming et al. (1999), who called this generalisation ``floatingmean periodogram'', argue that this approach is superior: ``... the LombScargle periodogram fails to account for statistical fluctuations in the mean of a sampled sinusoid, making it nonrobust when the number of observations is small, the sampling is uneven, or for periods comparable to or greater than the duration of the observations''. These authors provided a formal definition and also a sophisticated statistical treatment, but do not use an analytical solution for the computation of this periodogram.
Basically, analytical formulae for a full sine, leastsquares spectrum have already been given by FerrazMello (1981), calling this datecompensated discrete Fourier transform (DCDFT). We prefer to adopt a notation closely related to the LombScargle periodogram calling it the generalised LombScargle periodogram (GLS). Shrager (2001) tries for such an approach but did not generalise the parameter in Eq. (3). Moreover, our generalised equations, which are derived in the following (Sect. 2), have a comparable symmetry to the classical ones and also allow us to point out equivalences to the ``spectral significance'' estimator used in the SigSpec program by Reegen (2007) (Sect. 4).
2 The generalised LombScargle periodogram (GLS)
The analytic solution for the generalised LombScargle periodogram can be obtained in a straightforward manner in the same way as outlined in Lomb (1976). Let y_{i} be the N measurements of a time series at time t_{i} and with errors
.
Fitting a full sine function (i.e. including an offset c):
at given frequency (or period ) means to minimise the squared difference between the data y_{i} and the model function y(t):
where
are the normalised weights^{}. Minimisation leads to a system of (three) linear equations whose solution is derived in detail in Appendix A.1. Furthermore, it is shown in Appendix A.1 that the relative reduction as a function of frequency and normalised to unity by (the for the weighted mean) can be written as:
with:
(6) 
and the following abbreviations for the sums:
Note that sums with hats correspond to the classical sums. is simply the weighted sum of squared deviations from the weighted mean. The mixed sums can also be written as a weighted covariance where E is the expectation value, e.g. .
With the weighted mean given by Eqs. (10)(12) can also be written as:
So the sums YC and YS use the weighted mean subtracted data and are calculated in the same way as for the LombScargle periodogram (but with weights).
The generalised LombScargle periodogram in Eq. (4) is normalised to unity and therefore in the range of , with p=0 indicating no improvement of the fit and p=1 a ``perfect'' fit (100% reduction of or ).
As the full sine fit is timetranslation invariant, there is also the possibility to introduce an arbitrary time reference point
(
;
now, e.g.
), which will not affect the
of the fit. If this parameter
is chosen as
the interaction term in Eq. (5) disappears, (proof in Appendix A.2) and in this case we append the index to the time dependent sums. The parameter is determined by the times t_{i} and the measurement errors for each frequency . So when using as defined in Eq. (19) the periodogram in Eq. (5) becomes
Note that Eq. (20) has the same form as the LombScargle periodogram in Eq. (1) with the difference that the errors can be weighted (weights w_{i} in all sums) and that there is an additional second term in , , and (Eqs. (13)(15) and (19), respectively) which accounts for the floating mean.
The computational effort is similar as for the LombScargle periodogram. The incorporation of the offset c requires only two additional sums for each frequency (namely and or and respectively). The effort is even weaker when using Eq. (5) with keeping CS instead of using Eq. (20) with the parameter introduced via Eq. (19) which needs an extra preceding loop in the algorithm. If the errors are taken into account as weights, also the multiplication with w_{i} must be done.
For fast computation of the trigonometric sums the algorithm of Press & Rybicki (1989) can be applied, which has advantages in the case of large data sets and/or many frequency steps. Another possibility are trigonometric recurrences^{} as described in Press et al. (1992). Note also that the first sum in SS can be expressed by .
3 Normalisation and FalseAlarm probability (FAP)
There were several discussions in the literature on how to normalise the periodogram. For the detailed discussion we refer to the key papers by Scargle (1982), Horne & Baliunas (1986), Koen (1990) and Cumming et al. (1999). The normalisation becomes important for estimations of the falsealarm probability of a signal by means of an analytic expression. Lomb (1976) showed that if data are Gaussian noise, the terms and in Eq. (1) are distributed and therefore the sum of both (which is p) is distributed with two degrees of freedom. This holds for the generalisation in Eq. (20) and also becomes clear from the definition of the periodogram in Eq. (4) where for Gaussian noise the difference in the numerator is distributed with degrees of freedom.
The
can be compared with a known noise level p_{n} (expected from the a priori known noise variance or population variance) and the normalisation of
to p_{n}
can be considered as a signal to noise ratio (Scargle 1982). However, this noise level is often not known.
Alternatively, the noise level may be estimated for Gaussian noise from Eq. (4) to be
which leads to:
and is the analogon to the normalisation in Horne & Baliunas (1986)^{}. So if the data are noise, P=1 is the expected value. If the data contains a signal, is expected at the signal frequency. However, this power is restricted to .
But if the data contains a signal or if errors are under or overestimated or if intrinsic variability is present, then
may not be a good uncorrelated estimator for the noise level. Cumming et al. (1999) suggested to estimate the noise level a posteriori with the residuals of the best fit and normalised the periodogram as
where the index ``best'' denotes the corresponding values of the best fit ( ).
Statistical fluctuations or a present signal may lead to a larger periodogram power. To test for the significance of such a peak in the periodogram the probability is assessed that this power can arise purely from noise. Cumming et al. (1999) clarified that the different normalisations result in different probability functions which are summarised in Table 1. Note that the last two probability values are the same for the best fit (
):
Furthermore Baluev (2008) pointed out that the power definition
as a nonlinear (logarithmic) scale for has an exponential distribution (similiar to P_{n})
Table 1: Probabilities that a periodogram power (P_{n}, p, P or z) can exceed a given value (P_{n,0}, p_{0}, P_{0} or z_{0}) for different normalizations (from Cumming et al. 1999).
Since in period search with the periodogram we study a range of frequencies, we are also interested in the significance of one peak compared to the peaks at other frequencies rather than the significance of a single frequency. The false alarm probability (FAP) for the period search in a frequency range is given by
where M is the number of independent frequencies and may be estimated as the number of peaks in the periodogram. The width of one peak is (frequency resolution). So in the frequency range there are approximately peaks and in the case one can write (Cumming 2004). Finally, for low FAP values the following handy approximation for Eq. (24) is valid:
Another possibility to access M and the FAP are Monte Carlo or bootstrap simulations in order to determine how often a certain power level (z_{0}) is exceeded just by chance. Such numerical calculation of the FAP are much more timeconsuming than the actual computation of the GLS.
4 Equivalences between the GLS and SigSpec (Reegen 2007)
Reegen (2007) developed a method, called SigSpec, to determine the significance of a peak at a given frequency (spectral significance) in a discrete Fourier transformation (DFT) which includes a zero mean correction. We will recapitulate some points from his paper in an adapted and shortened way in order to show several equivalences and to disentangle different notations used by us and used by Reegen (2007). For a detailed description we refer to the original paper. Briefly, approaching from Fourier theory Reegen (2007) defined the zero mean corrected Fourier coefficients^{}
which obviously correspond to YC and YS in Eqs. (11) and (12). Their variances are given by
The precise value of these variances depends on the temporal sampling. These variances can be expressed as and .
Consider now two independent Gaussian variables whose cumulative distribution function (CDF) is given by:
A Gaussian distribution of the physical variable y_{i} in the time domain will lead to Gaussian variables and which in general are correlated. A rotation of Fourier Space by phase
transforms and into uncorrelated coefficients and with vanishing covariance. Indeed, from Eq. (19) and have the same value, but is applied in the time domain, while is applied to the phase in the Fourier domain. It is only mentioned here that the resulting coefficients and correspond to and .
Finally, Reegen (2007) defines as the spectral significance
and writes:
where
are called normalised semimajor and semiminor axes. Note that and .
Reegen (2007) states that this gives as accurate frequencies as do least squares. However, from this derivation it is not clear that this is equivalent. But when comparing Eqs. (26) to (20) with using
and
:
the equivalence of the GLS and the spectral significance estimator in SigSpec (and with it to least squares) is evident:
The two indicators differ only in a normalisation factor, which becomes , when is estimated with the sample variance . Therefore, SigSpec gives accurate frequencies just like least squares. But note that the Fourier amplitude is given by the sum of the squared Fourier coefficient while the leastsquares fitting amplitude is (see A.1).
The comparison with SigSpec offers another point of view. It shows how the GLS is associated to Fourier theory and how it can be derived from the DFT (discrete Fourier transform) when demanding certain statistical properties such as simple statistical behaviour, timetranslation invariance (Scargle 1982) and varying zero mean. The shown equivalences allow vice versa to apply several of Reegen's (2007) conclusions to the GLS, e.g. that it is less susceptible to aliasing or that the time domain sampling is taken into account in the probability distribution.
5 Application of the GLS to the Keplerian periodogram (Keplerian fits to radial velocity data)
The search for the bestfitting sine function is a multidimensional minimisation problem with four parameters: period P, amplitude A, phase and offset c (or frequency , a, b and c). At a given frequency the bestfitting parameters A, and c can be computed immediately by an analytic solution revealing the global optimum for this three dimensional parameter subspace. But involving the frequency leads to a lot of local optima (minima in ) as visualised by the numbers of maxima in the generalised LombScargle periodogram. With stepping through frequency one can pick up the global optimum in the four dimensional parameter space. That is how period search with the periodogram works. Because an analytic solution (implemented in the GLS) can be employed partially, there is no need for stepping through all parameters to explore the whole parameter space for the global optimum.
This concept can be transferred to the Keplerian periodogram which can be applied to search stellar radial velocity data for periodic signals caused by orbiting companions and measured from spectroscopic Doppler shifts. The radial velocity curve becomes more nonsinusoidal for a more eccentric orbit and its shape depends on six orbital elements^{}:
In comparison to the full sine fit there are two more parameters to deal with which complicates the period search. An approach to simplify the Keplerian orbit search is to use the GLS to look for a periodic signal and use it for an initial guess. But choosing the bestfitting sine period does not necessarily lead to the bestfitting Keplerian orbit. So for finding the global optimum the whole parameter space must be explored.
The Keplerian periodogram (Cumming 2004), just like the GLS, shows how good a trial period (frequency )
can model the observed radial velocity data and can be defined as (reduction):
Instead of the sine function, the function
which describes the radial reflex motion of a star due to the gravitational pull of a planet, serves as the model for the radial velocity curve. The time dependence is given by the true anomaly which furthermore depends on three orbital parameters ( ). The relation between and time t is:
where E and M are called eccentric anomaly and mean anomaly, respectively^{}. Equation (28), called Kepler's equation, is transcendent meaning that for a given time t the eccentric anomaly E cannot be calculated explicitly.
For the computation of a Keplerian periodogram
is to be minimised with respect to five parameters at a fixed trial frequency .
Similar to the GLS there is no need for stepping through all parameters. With the substitutions
,
and
Eq. (27) can be written as:
and with respect to the parameters a, b and c the analytic solution can be employed as described in Sect. 2 for known (instead of ). So for fixed P, e and T_{0} the true anomalies can be calculated and the GLS from Eq. (5) (now using instead of ) can be applied to compute the maximum reduction (), here called . Stepping through e and T_{0} yields the best Keplerian fit at frequency :
as visualised in the Keplerian periodogram. Finally, with stepping through the frequency, like for the GLS, one will find the bestfitting Keplerian orbit having the overall maximum power:
There exist a series of tools (or are under development) using genetic algorithms or Bayesian techniques for fast searches for the best Keplerian fit (Balan & Lahav 2008; Ford & Gregory 2007). The algorithm, presented in this section, is not further optimised for speed. But it works well, is easy to implement and is robust since in principle it cannot miss a peak if the 3 dimensional grid for e, T_{0} and is sufficiently dense. A reliable algorithm is needed for the computation of the Keplerian periodogram which by definition yields the best fit at fixed frequency and no local minima. O'Toole et al. (2009,2007) developed an algorithm called 2DKLS (two dimensional Kepler LombScargle) that works on grid of period and eccentricity and seems to be similar to ours. But the possibility to use partly an analytic solution or the need for stepping T_{0} is not mentioned by these authors.
The effort to compute the Keplerian periodogram with the described algorithm is much stronger in comparison to the GLS. There are three additional loops: two loops for stepping through e and T_{0} and one for the iteration to solve Kepler's equation. Contrary to the GLS it is not possible to use recurrences or the fast computation of the trigonometric sums mentioned in Sect. 2.
However we would like to outline some possibilities for technical improvements for a faster search. The first concerns the grid size. We choose a regular grid for e, T_{0} and . While this is adequate for the frequency , as we discuss later in this section, there might be a more appropriate eT_{0} grid, e.g. a less dense grid size for T_{0} at lower eccentricities. A second possibility is to reduce the iterations for solving Kepler's equation by using the eccentric anomalies (or differentially corrected ones) as initial values for the next slightly different grid point. This can save several ten percent of computation time, in particular in dense grids and at high eccentricities. A third idea which might have a high potential for speed up is to combine our algorithm with other optimisation techniques (e.g. LevenbergMarquardt instead of pure stepping) to optimise the remaining parameters in the function . A raw grid would provide the initial values and the optimisation technique would do the fine adjustment.
To give an example Fig. 1 shows RV data for the M dwarf GJ 1046 (Kürster et al. 2008) along with the bestfitting Keplerian orbit ( , e=0.28). Figure 2 shows the LombScargle, GLS and Keplerian periodograms. Because a Keplerian orbit has more degrees of freedom it always has the highest reduction ( ).
As a comparison the Keplerian periodogram restricted to e<0.6 is also shown in Fig. 2. At intervals where exceeds p_{e<0.6} the contribution is due to very eccentric orbits. Note that the Keplerian periodogram obtains more structure when the search is extended to more eccentric orbits. Therefore the evaluation of the Keplerian periodogram needs a higher frequency resolution (this effect can also be observed in O'Toole et al. 2009). This is a consequence of the fact that more eccentric orbits are spikier and thus more sensitive to phase and frequency.
Other than O'Toole et al. (2009) we plot the periodograms against frequency^{} to illustrate that the typical peak width is frequency independent. Thus equidistant frequency steps ( ) yield a uniform sampling of each peak and are the most economic way to compute the periodogram rather than e.g. logarithmic period steps (leading to oversampling at long periods: ) as used by O'Toole et al. (2009). Still the periodograms can be plotted against a logarithmic period scale as e.g. sometimes preferred to present a period search for exoplanets.
Figure 1: The radial velocity (RV) time series of the M dwarf GJ 1046. The solid line is the best Keplerian orbit fit ( , e=0.28). 

Open with DEXTER 
Figure 2: Comparison of the normalized LombScargle (LS), GLS and Keplerian periodograms for GJ 1046 ( ). 

Open with DEXTER 
Figure 3: The same periodograms as in Fig. 2 with a quasilogarithmic scale for p and a logarithmic scale for (axis to the right). 

Open with DEXTER 
Figure 4 visualises local optima in the p_{e,T0} map at an arbitrary fixed frequency. There are two obvious local optima which means that searching from only one initial value for T_{0} may be not sufficient as one could fail to lead the best local optimum in the eT_{0} plane. This justifies a stepping through e and T_{0}. The complexity in the eT_{0} plane, in particular at high eccentricities, finally translates into the Keplerian periodogram. When varying the frequency the landscape and maxima will evolve and the maxima can also switch.
Figure 4: Power map ( p_{e,T0}) for e and T_{0} at the arbitrary fixed frequency . The maximum value p=0.592 is deposited in the Keplerian periodogram. Note that there are the two local optima. 

Open with DEXTER 
In the given example LS and GLS would give a good initial guess for the best Keplerian period with only a slight frequency shift. But this is not always the case.
One may argue, that the second peak has an equal height suggesting the same significance. On a linear scale it seems so. But the significance is not a linear function of the power. Cumming et al. (2008) normalised the Keplerian periodogram as
analogous to Eq. (23) and derived the probability distribution
With this we can calculate that the higher peak which is much closer to 1 has a 10^{14} times lower probability to be due to noise, i.e. it has a 10^{14} times higher significance. In Fig. 3 the periodogram power is plotted on a logarithmic scale for on the righthand side. The much lower is another convincing argument for the much higher significance.
Cumming (2004) suggested to estimate the FAP for the period search analogous to Eq. (25) and the number of independent frequencies again as . This estimation does not take into account the higher variability in the Keplerian periodogram, which depends on the examined eccentricity range, and therefore this FAP is likely to be underestimated.
Another, more extreme example is the planet around HD 20782 discovered by Jones et al. (2006). Figure 5 shows the RV data for the star taken from O'Toole et al. (2009). Due to the high eccentricity this is a case where LS and GLS fail to find the right period. However, our algorithm for the Keplerian periodogram find the same solution as the 2DKLS (P=591.9 d, e=0.97). The Keplerian periodogram in Fig. 6 indicates this period. This time it is normalised according to Eq. (29) and seems to suffer from an overall high noise level (caused by many other eccentric solutions that will fit the one ``outlier''). However, that the period is significant can again be shown just as in the previous example.
For comparison we also show the periodogram with the normalisation by the best fit at each frequency (Cumming 2004)
which is used in the 2DKLS and reveals the power maximum as impressively as in O'Toole et al. (2009, Fig. 1b#. As Cumming et al. (1999) mentioned the choice of the normalisation is a matter of taste; the distribution of maximum power is the same. Finally, keep in mind when comparing Fig. 6 with the 2DKLS in O'Toole et al. (2009, Fig. 1b# which shows a slice at e=0.97, that the Keplerian periodogram in Fig. 6 includes all eccentricities ( ). Also the algorithms are different because we also step for T_{0} and simultaneously fit the longitude of periastron .
Figure 5: The radial velocity (RV) time series of HD 20782. The solid line is the best Keplerian orbit fit. 

Open with DEXTER 
Figure 6: Keplerian periodogram for HD 20782. Both are the same Keplerian periodogram, but the upper one is normalized with the best fit (Eq. (29)) while the lower one is normalized with the best fit at each frequency (Eq. (30)). Both have by definition the same maximum value. 

Open with DEXTER 
6 Conclusions
Generalised LombScargle periodogram (GLS), floatingmean periodogram (Cumming et al. 1999), datecompensated discrete Fourier transform (DCDFT, FerrazMello 1981), and ``spectral significance'' (SigSpec, Reegen 2007) at last all mean the same thing: leastsquares spectrum for fitting a sinusoid plus a constant. Cumming et al. (1999) and Reegen (2007) have already shown the advantages of accounting for a varying zero point and therefore we recommend the usage of the generalised LombScargle periodogram (GLS) for the period analysis of time series. The implementation is easy as there are only a few modifications in the sums of the LombScargle periodogram.
The GLS can be calculated as conveniently as the LombScargle periodogram and in a straight forward manner with an analytical solution while programs applying standard routines for fitting sinusoids involve solving a set of linear equations by inverting a 3 3 matrix repeated at each frequency. The GLS can be tailored by concentrating the sums in one loop over the data. As already mentioned by Lomb (1976) Eq. (5) (including Eqs. (13)(18)) should be applied for the numerical work. A fast calculation of the GLS is especially desirable for large samples, large data sets and/or many frequency steps. It also may be helpful to speed up prewhitening procedures (e.g. Reegen 2007) in case of multifrequency analysis or numerical calculations of the significance of a signal with bootstrap methods or Monte Carlo simulations.
The term generalised LombScargle periodogram has already been used by Bretthorst (2001) for the generalisation to sinusoidal functions of the kind: with an arbitrary amplitude modulation Z(t) whose time dependence and all parameters are fully specified (e.g. Z(t) can be an exponential decay). Without repeating the whole procedure given in A.1, A.2 and Sect. 2 it is just mentioned here that the generalisation to will result in the same equations with the difference that Z(t_{i}) has to be attached to each sine and cosine term in each sum (e.g. ).
We presented an algorithm for the application of GLS to the Keplerian periodogram which is the leastsquares spectrum for Keplerian orbits. It is an hybrid algorithm that partially applies an analytic solution for linearised parameters and partially steps through nonlinear parameters. This has to be distinguished from methods that use the best sine fit as an initial guess. With two examples we have demonstrated that our algorithm for the computation of the Keplerian periodogram is capable to detect (very) eccentric planets in a systematic and nonrandom way.
Apart from this, the leastsquares spectrum analysis (the idea goes back to Vanícek 1971) with more complicated model functions than full sine functions is beyond the scope of this paper (e.g. including linear trends, Walker et al. 1995 or multiple sine functions). For the calculation of such periodograms the employment of the analytical solutions is not essential, but can be faster.
Appendix A
A.1 Derivation of the generalised LombScargle periodogram (GLS)
The derivation of the generalised LombScargle periodogram is briefly shown. With the sinusoid plus constant model
the squared difference between the data y_{i} and the model function y(t)
is to be minimised. For the minimum the partial derivatives vanish and therefore:
These conditions for the minimum give three linear equations:
where the abbreviations in Eqs. (7)(15) were applied. Eliminating c in the first two equations with the last equation (c=YaCbS) yields:
Using again the notations of Eqs. (11)(15) this can be written as:
So the solution for the parameters a and b is
The amplitude of the bestfitting sine function at frequency is given by . With these solutions the minimum can be written only in terms of the sums Eqs. (10)(15) when eliminating the parameters a, b, and c as shown below. With the conditions for the minimum Eqs. (A.1)(A.3) it can be seen that:
Therefore, the minimum can be written as:
where in the last step again the definitions of Eqs. (10)(12) were applied. Finally a and b can be substituted by Eq. (A.4):
When now using the reduction normalised to unity:
and the fact that , Eq. (5) will result.
A.2 Verification of Eq. (19)
Equation (19) can be verified with the help of trigonometric addition theorems. For this purpose CS must be formulated. Furthermore, the index
and the notation
will be used:
Expanding the last term yields
and after factoring and :
So for , has to be chosen as:
By the way, replacing the generalised sums CC, SS and CS by the classical ones leads to the original definition for in Eq. (3):
References
 Balan, S. T., & Lahav, O. 2008, ArXiv eprints, 805
 Baluev, R. V. 2008, MNRAS, 385, 1279 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Barning, F. J. M. 1963, Bull. Astron. Inst. Netherlands, 17, 22 [NASA ADS] (In the text)
 Bretthorst, G. L. 2001, in Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, ed. A. MohammadDjafari, Am. Inst. Phys. Conf. Ser., 568, 241 (In the text)
 Cumming, A. 2004, MNRAS, 354, 1165 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Cumming, A., Marcy, G. W., & Butler, R. P. 1999, ApJ, 526, 890 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Cumming, A., Butler, R. P., Marcy, G. W., et al. 2008, PASP, 120, 531 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 FerrazMello, S. 1981, AJ, 86, 619 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Ford, E. B., & Gregory, P. C. 2007, in Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy IV, ed. G. J. Babu, & E. D. Feigelson, ASP Conf. Ser., 371, 189
 Gilliland, R. L., & Baliunas, S. L. 1987, ApJ, 314, 766 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Horne, J. H., & Baliunas, S. L. 1986, ApJ, 302, 757 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Irwin, A. W., Campbell, B., Morbey, C. L., Walker, G. A. H., & Yang, S. 1989, PASP, 101, 147 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Jones, H. R. A., Butler, R. P., Tinney, C. G., et al. 2006, MNRAS, 369, 249 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Koen, C. 1990, ApJ, 348, 700 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Kürster, M., Endl, M., & Reffert, S. 2008, A&A, 483, 869 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] [EDP Sciences] (In the text)
 Lomb, N. R. 1976, Ap&SS, 39, 447 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 O'Toole, S. J., Butler, R. P., Tinney, C. G., et al. 2007, ApJ, 660, 1636 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef]
 O'Toole, S. J., Tinney, C. G., Jones, H. R. A., et al. 2009, MNRAS, 392, 641 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef]
 Press, W. H., & Rybicki, G. B. 1989, ApJ, 338, 277 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Press, W. H., Teukolsky, S. A., Vetterling, W. T., & Flannery, B. P. 1992, Numerical recipes in FORTRAN. The art of scientific computing (Cambridge: University Press), 2n [NASA ADS]d edn. (In the text)
 Reegen, P. 2007, A&A, 467, 1353 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] [EDP Sciences] (In the text)
 Scargle, J. D. 1982, ApJ, 263, 835 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Shrager, R. I. 2001, Ap&SS, 277, 519 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Vanícek, P. 1971, Ap&SS, 12, 10 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
 Walker, G. A. H., Walker, A. R., Irwin, A. W., et al. 1995, Icarus, 116, 359 [NASA ADS] [CrossRef] (In the text)
Footnotes
 ... weights^{}
 For clarity the bounds of the summation are suppressed in the following notation. They are always the same ( i=1,2,...,N).
 ... recurrences^{}
 E.g. where is the frequency step.
 ...Horne & Baliunas (1986)^{}
 These authors called it the normalization with the sample variance . Note that is already normalized with . For the unweighted case ( , ) one can write Eqs. (22) with (20) as .
 ...coefficients^{}
 Here only the unweighted case is discussed ( ). Reegen (2007) also gives a generalization to weighting.
 ... elements^{}
 with a the semimajor axis of the stellar orbit and i the inclination.
 ... respectively^{}
 The following expressions are also used frequently: and .
 ... frequency^{}
 For Fourier transforms this is common.
All Tables
Table 1: Probabilities that a periodogram power (P_{n}, p, P or z) can exceed a given value (P_{n,0}, p_{0}, P_{0} or z_{0}) for different normalizations (from Cumming et al. 1999).
All Figures
Figure 1: The radial velocity (RV) time series of the M dwarf GJ 1046. The solid line is the best Keplerian orbit fit ( , e=0.28). 

Open with DEXTER  
In the text 
Figure 2: Comparison of the normalized LombScargle (LS), GLS and Keplerian periodograms for GJ 1046 ( ). 

Open with DEXTER  
In the text 
Figure 3: The same periodograms as in Fig. 2 with a quasilogarithmic scale for p and a logarithmic scale for (axis to the right). 

Open with DEXTER  
In the text 
Figure 4: Power map ( p_{e,T0}) for e and T_{0} at the arbitrary fixed frequency . The maximum value p=0.592 is deposited in the Keplerian periodogram. Note that there are the two local optima. 

Open with DEXTER  
In the text 
Figure 5: The radial velocity (RV) time series of HD 20782. The solid line is the best Keplerian orbit fit. 

Open with DEXTER  
In the text 
Figure 6: Keplerian periodogram for HD 20782. Both are the same Keplerian periodogram, but the upper one is normalized with the best fit (Eq. (29)) while the lower one is normalized with the best fit at each frequency (Eq. (30)). Both have by definition the same maximum value. 

Open with DEXTER  
In the text 
Copyright ESO 2009
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (fulltext article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 4896 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.