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Distributions of stellar masses in six redshift bins for the VVDS-Deep sample in the CFHTLS-W1 field at its limiting magnitude (, dark histograms), compared to the subset obtained by applying a magnitude cut similar to VIPERS, at (blue histograms). In each panel, the black dashed line represents the limiting mass for the VVDS sample with . The red solid line instead gives the limiting mass for the VIPERS sample in the W1 field. Both limits, in good agreement with each other, correctly identify the threshold below which the shallower sample starts to miss a significant fraction (>20%) of objects.

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