Issue 
A&A
Volume 607, November 2017



Article Number  A123  
Number of page(s)  32  
Section  Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)  
DOI  https://doi.org/10.1051/00046361/201629765  
Published online  24 November 2017 
The cosmological analysis of Xray cluster surveys
III. 4D Xray observable diagrams
^{1} IRFU, CEA, Université ParisSaclay, 91191 GifsurYvette, France
email: marguerite.pierre@cea.fr
^{2} Université Paris Diderot, AIM, Sorbonne Paris Cité, CEA, CNRS, 91191 GifsurYvette, France
^{3} Max Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse 1, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
^{4} CNRS, IRAP, 9 Av. colonel Roche, 31028 Toulouse Cedex 4, France
^{5} Université de Toulouse, UPSOMP, IRAP, 31028 Toulouse Cedex 4, France
^{6} Argelander Institut für Astronomie, Universität Bonn, 53121 Bonn, Germany
Received: 21 September 2016
Accepted: 17 August 2017
Context. Despite compelling theoretical arguments, the use of clusters as cosmological probes is, in practice, frequently questioned because of the many uncertainties surrounding clustermass estimates.
Aims. Our aim is to develop a fully selfconsistent cosmological approach of Xray cluster surveys, exclusively based on observable quantities rather than masses. This procedure is justified given the possibility to directly derive the cluster properties via ab initio modelling, either analytically or by using hydrodynamical simulations. In this third paper, we evaluate the method on cluster toycatalogues.
Methods. We model the population of detected clusters in the countrate – hardnessratio – angular size – redshift space and compare the corresponding fourdimensional diagram with theoretical predictions. The best cosmology+physics parameter configuration is determined using a simple minimisation procedure; errors on the parameters are estimated by averaging the results from ten independent survey realisations. The method allows a simultaneous fit of the cosmological parameters of the cluster evolutionary physics and of the selection effects.
Results. When using information from the Xray survey alone plus redshifts, this approach is shown to be as accurate as the modelling of the mass function for the cosmological parameters and to perform better for the cluster physics, for a similar level of assumptions on the scaling relations. It enables the identification of degenerate combinations of parameter values.
Conclusions. Given the considerably shorter computer times involved for running the minimisation procedure in the observed parameter space, this method appears to clearly outperform traditional massbased approaches when Xray survey data alone are available.
Key words: Xrays: galaxies: clusters / cosmological parameters / methods: statistical
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1. Introduction
In theory, clusters of galaxies are ideal objects for probing cosmological models because they are sensitive both to the growth of structure and to the geometry of the Universe. This includes not only constraints on the parameters of the currently favoured Λ cold dark matter paradigm (ΛCDM) but, in principle, may probe alternative theories of gravity as well (e.g. Brax et al. 2015; Cataneo et al. 2015). The basic tools rely on cluster number counts as a function of redshift and mass, dn/ dz, dn/ dM/ dz (e.g. Planck Collaboration XXIV 2016; Pacaud et al. 2016; de Haan et al. 2016), or on topological quantities such as the correlation function (Pierre et al. 2011; Pillepich et al. 2012), or power spectrum, and baryon acoustic oscillations (e.g. BalagueraAntolínez et al. 2011; Veropalumbo et al. 2016). However, the practical viability of such an approach to cosmology has been, and still is, very much questioned given the difficulty to properly measure cluster masses. Either because the procedures require considerable amounts of observing time to reach the necessary accuracy (for instance, with velocity dispersions or weak lensing measurements) or because intrinsic methodological shortcomings impinge on the mass determinations. Among those, we may cite very general issues like defining cluster samples and cluster boundaries or assessing the cluster dynamical state (e.g. Nelson et al. 2014; Rozo et al. 2015; Applegate et al. 2016).
In this series of papers, we revisit the analysis of cosmological cluster surveys in the Xray band. The Xray approach is of special interest since cluster properties can be routinely predicted from abinitio modelling and considerable experience has been accumulated with the ROSAT and XMM surveys. Accurate (or supposedly accurate) masses have been determined for a number of mostly bright objects, usually assuming hydrostatic equilibrium. Subsequently, masses of fainter objects are derived from socalled scaling relations (SR), linking one observable parameter (L_{x}, T_{x}, Y_{x}) to the mass and calibrated using the bright samples. In addition, further issues arise, which are specific to this waveband; for instance: systematic biases in the hydrostatic masses or whether or not to include cluster cores in the SR analyses. Furthermore, the question on how to model the evolution of the intracluster medium as a function of cosmic time and cluster mass is of special relevance: this is what determines cluster key parameters (luminosity, size, scatter in the scaling relations) that directly impact cluster detection (for a review, see Allen et al. 2011).
The critical prerequisite to any cosmological analysis is the determination of the cluster selection function; in the Xray waveband this is achieved by computing the probability of detecting a cluster as a function of flux and apparent size (Pacaud et al. 2006). Converting these observables into cluster masses, however, requires the knowledge of the SR. Since SR are intrinsically cosmology dependent, in the end (i) cosmology; (ii) evolutionary cluster physics (modelled through the SR) and (iii) selection effects must be simultaneously worked out. This is a very important point, that usually requires very large computing times when following, what we name as the “traditional bottomup route”. In this approach, a model is used to statistically compare predictions with data for all observed properties in both the survey data (e.g. F_{x}, z for an Xray survey) and followup measurements (e.g. M_{gas}, T_{x}, Y_{x}, weak lensing shear) for each trial cosmology considered. Appropriate scaling relations are employed to statistically link the observed properties with mass, and each other, selfconsistently accounting for the effects of survey biases and covariances (e.g. Vikhlinin et al. 2009; Mantz et al. 2010). Hereafter, we subsume the various steps of this method under the dn/ dM/ dz or N(M,z) denomination. In this context, we have proposed a socalled topdown approach that consists in fitting the predicted distributions of cluster properties, such as Xray countrates and colours, to the observed ones (Clerc et al. 2012, hereafter Paper I).
The topdown method presented in Paper I was evaluated by means of a Fisher analysis. Considering two Xray observables (countrate, i.e. the number of photons collected on the detector per second in a given Xray band – hardness ratio, the ratio of countrates in two bands), it was shown to be more efficient than the dn/ dz distribution. When adding the redshift dimension, it was shown to be as good as dn/ dM/ dz for cosmology and slightly better for the cluster physical properties. In this first validation study, cluster masses used for the comparison were assumed to be obtained from the Xray survey data alone; this provided us with estimates for the mass uncertainties, in order to set a fair comparison between the two approaches.
In the present paper, we extend the method – that we call ASpiX – by adding a forth dimension, namely the cluster apparent size. This time, we evaluate the method by means of toy cluster catalogues and compare again its performance with the dn/ dM/ dz statistics. Throughout the process, we still assume that the only source of information on cluster properties comes from a 10ks XMM large area survey. This corresponds to a medium depth of ~ 10^{14}erg s^{1} cm^{2} in the [0.5−2] keV band and yields on average some 200 Xray photons per cluster. At this sensitivity level, reliable temperature estimates can be obtained for only about a quarter of the detected cluster population, and morphological analyses, in the form of a simple twoparameter fit, are also very much limited. Assuming such a survey allows us to ascribe realistic errors on simple observable parameters such as Xray flux, colours, and angular size, as well as on the cluster masses for the comparative study. We consider two survey areas of 10 000 and 100 deg^{2}. We also investigate the effect of scatter in the masstemperature, massluminosity and masssize relation on the performances of the method.
Given this input framework, we probe the shape of the likelihood hypersurface defined by our fourdimensional (4D) parameter space: Xray countrate, hardness ratio and angular size plus redshift. Practically, this is achieved by running the Amoeba routine on the toy cluster catalogue realisations for different sets of cosmological and cluster physics parameters. We investigate the steepness of the likelihood around the fiducial model values and the possible existence of local minima, which may reveal a degeneracy between cosmology and cluster physics, in whatever space: either the 4D observed space, or the twodimensional (2D) M−z one. We present an empirically motivated approach to estimating the errors on the fitted parameters.
The article is organised as follows: Sect. 2 describes the cosmological and physical models used in the present study. Section 3 gives the details of the catalogue production. In Sect. 4 we describe the methodology adopted for scanning the likelihood hypersurfaces. Section 5 presents the results of the evaluation. In Sect. 6, we discuss the results along with a number of issues raised or left open by the current study. Section 7 gathers the conclusions and opens interesting perspectives for the use of ASpiX in the future.
2. Description of the cluster model
The modelling of the cluster population, of the Xray properties, and of the corresponding XMM observables is largely inspired from the work of Paper I.
We first compute the cluster number counts as a function of mass and redshift for a given cosmology (Sect. 2.1), convert masses into physical parameters (temperature, luminosity and size: Sect. 2.2), then into XMM observables (countrate, hardness ratio, angular size: Sect. 2.3). We apply the Xray survey selection function and build the corresponding multiparameter observable diagram (Sect. 2.4). We outline the modifications (simplification or refinements) that we have implemented with respect to Paper I, for the purpose of testing the basic behaviours of the ASpiX method.
2.1. Cosmology and the clustermass function
The values adopted for the cosmological parameters are those of the Aardvark simulations (Farahi et al. 2016) – for consistency with a parallel ongoing work on these simulations – namely: Ω_{m} = 0.23, Ω_{Λ} = 0.77, Ω_{b} = 0.047, σ_{8} = 0.83, h = 0.73, n_{s} = 1.0. We use the Tinker et al. (2008) fit to obtain the skyprojected, redshiftdependent mass function dn/ dΩ / dM_{200}/ dz. The equation of state of dark energy (DE) is assumed to depend on a single parameter w_{0} = P/ρ, whose value in the case of a cosmological constant is −1. In Sect. 6.5, where we make a short excursion about the case of an evolving DE equation of state, we use the parametrisation of Chevallier & Polarski (2001): w(z) = w_{0} + w_{a} × z/ (1 + z). The parameters relevant for the present study are summarised in Table 4.
2.2. Cluster physical parameters
In Paper I, we made use of masstemperature and temperatureluminosity relations (best determined relations for the mass range of interest). Here, we chose to scale cluster temperature, luminosity and size directly after mass. Our set of scaling relations thus reads:
where T is expressed in keV, M in solar masses, L in erg s^{1} in the [0.5−2] keV band, R_{c} is the core radius of the Xray surfacebrightness profile assuming a β = 2 / 3 profile, R_{c} is the physical value (in Mpc), and we note r_{c}, the corresponding apparent angular size (in arcsec). We adopt the following conversion factor between M_{500} and M_{200}: M_{500} = 0.714 × M_{200} (Lin et al. 2003).
For each relation, we allow for scatter and assume that the three scatter values are uncorrelated. They are implemented following a lognormal distribution. The numerical values for the slope and normalisation of the M−T relation is from Arnaud et al. (2005). For the M−L relation, they are derived from the combination of the M−T relation and the L−T relation of Pratt et al. (2009). We consider ad hoc plausible amplitudes for the scatters and X_{c}, as suggested by hydrodynamical simulations (as can be inferred from cosmoOWLS, Le Brun et al. 2014, – Paper IV, in prep.). Table 1 summarises the values of the cluster physical parameters adopted for the present study.
Numerical values adopted for the cluster scaling relations (references in the text).
2.3. Xray parameters and cluster selection
In all that follows, we assume as in Paper I, that the Xray clusters are extracted from a survey, uniformly covered with 10ks XMM observations, where only sources within the inner 10′ of the field of view are used (50% vignetting limit in the soft band). The diffuse background is set to a uniform level of 5.1 × 10^{6} ct/s/pixel (onaxis) plus 2.6 × 10^{6} for the soft protons (Snowden et al. 2008); the unvignetted particle background is set to 2.4×10^{6} (Sauvageot, priv. comm.). We model the pointsource distribution, which impacts on the cluster selection function, by the flux distribution of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN log N−log S) (Moretti et al. 2003); we assume that the AGN are randomly distributed over the XMM field of view. All this for the [0.5−2] keV band.
The XMM cluster countrates are derived from the Xray luminosity (which is directly obtained from the M−L relation) and redshift using the APEC code, whose output is folded with the XMMEPIC response. We assume that cluster detection is performed in the [0.5−2] keV band by the Xamin pipeline (Pacaud et al. 2006). Clusters are subsequently selected in the 2D ExtentExtent_likelihood output parameter space of Xamin, following the C1 criteria (Paper I). The C1 selection was shown to have less than 5% contamination by pointsources and is calibrated using extensive XMM image simulations. In these simulations, all clusters are assumed to be spherically symmetric and to follow a β = 2 / 3 surface brightness profile. The resulting selection function gives the probability of detecting a cluster as a function of its apparent size, r_{c} and of its countrate. Compared to Paper I, the modelling of the detection probability for apparent sizes smaller than 10′′ has been refined by simulating clusters down to 3′′ core radius. While very few clusters are expected with such a small angular size, some of them may however be detected as C1 because of the error measurements (hence boosted above the r_{c}> 5′′ limit). The selection function and the resulting cluster redshift distribution are displayed in Fig. 1.
Fig. 1 Top: selection function adopted for the present study. The probability of detecting a cluster as C1 is given by the isocontours as a function of countrate and coreradius. This map has been derived from extensive XMM image simulations and the two axes represent the true (input) cluster parameters; it is thus only valid for the conditions (exposure time and background) under which the simulations were run. Bottom: resulting cluster redshift distribution for 100 deg^{2} assuming the set of physical and cosmological parameters given in Tables 1 and 4; the cluster density is of the order of 6/deg^{2}. 

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2.4. Construction of the cluster observable diagrams
From the selected cluster population, we construct multidimensional observable diagrams (XOD) based on the cluster Xray observable quantities at our disposal plus redshift. The main point of the present study is that these quantities are obtained from direct measurements, hence are cosmologyindependent (but instrumentdependent); they are summarised in Table 2. One significant upgrade compared to Paper I is the introduction of a third Xray quantity, namely the cluster angular size, r_{c}, as measured on the surface brightness profile. This parameter is a potentially powerful input to the cosmological analysis as it depends both on the geometry of the spacetime and on the structure growth (it is also affected by nongravitational physics effects such as cooling and AGN feedback). Moreover, it is one of the two parameters that intervene in the cluster selection (r_{c}≡Extent).
The diagrams can be computed including, or not, scatter in the scaling relations. The last step is to implement error measurements on the three Xray observables. This is achieved by smearing with a lognormal distribution the relevant components of the XOD. In practice, we assume error amplitudes of ± 20% for the three Xray quantities (CR, HR, r_{c}), that are applied to all clusters, irrespective of their actual fluxes; the sigma of the lognormal filter therefore reads: . In the present study, we assume that cluster spectroscopic redshifts are available for all clusters and have negligible uncertainties compared to the sampling used (Table 3).
2.5. Sampling the distributions
The initial cluster number counts are calculated as number densities in small dn/ dM/ dz bins, which, at the end of the process, are redistributed into an up to 4D observable parameter space (dn/ dCR/ dHR/ dr_{c}/ dz). In order to avoid discretisation artefacts, it is necessary to ensure that the sampling of the input parameter space be much higher than that of the output parameter space; especially considering the steepness of the cluster mass function. To prevent overly large computing times, a tradeoff in the number of bins must also be found. The adopted binning for the present study is given in Table 3.
Observable cluster parameters used in the cosmological diagnostic diagrams.
Sampling of the input and output parameter distributions.
Fig. 2 Top: mass distribution for the selected C1 population and the fiducial parameter set (including scatter in the scaling relations, which impacts the cluster selection). Cluster number densities are calculated for a 10 000 deg^{2} survey. Pixels represent the catalogue (binning as in Table 3) and contours are computed from the analytical model. Bottom: same as above, rebinned with a linear redshift scale. 

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Fig. 3 Projected XOD (3D) calculated for the 10 000 deg^{2} catalogue displayed in Fig. 2 and integrated over the [0−1.8] redshift range. Left: CRHR; middle: CRr_{c}; right: HRr_{c}. The scatter in the scaling relations is implemented as in Table 1; error measurements are not added. 

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The mass distribution for the fiducial model is shown in Fig. 2. Examples of corresponding projections in the XOD parameter space are shown in Figs. 3–6.
Fig. 4 Same as Fig. 3 with a 20% error on the measurements implemented on the three CR, HR, r_{c} observables. 

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Fig. 5 Projected XOD (4D) for the 10 000 deg^{2} catalogue displayed in Fig. 2. The CRr_{c} planes are shown for the redshift slices centred on 0.2, 0.6, 1 on the left, middle and right images, respectively. The scatter in the scaling relations is implemented as in Table 1; the thickness of the slices is dz = 0.2. 

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3. Construction of the toy cluster catalogues
In this section, we describe the construction of cluster catalogues that will be in turn compared with the model computed in the previous section.
3.1. The 10 000 deg^{2} catalogue
From the modelled massredshift distribution sampled as indicated in Table 3 and displayed in Fig. 2, we compute the number of objects in each M_{i},z_{j} bin for 10 000 deg^{2}. It is rounded up to the next integer N_{ij}. Then, for each M_{i},z_{j} cluster, we compute L, T, R_{c}; we scatter these three parameters following a lognormal distribution (Table 1) and derive the corresponding countrates and apparent core radii. The C1 selection is applied in the CR−r_{c} space (Fig. 1). In this process, shot noise is modelled by applying, to each cluster, the detection probability modulated by a binomial law: retained clusters are ascribed error measurements and stored on the fly in the [CRHRr_{c}z] XOD. The final number of clusters in this catalogue is 60 700 when no scatter is implemented in the scaling relations and 63 500 when scatter is taken into account.
From this catalogue, we infer the corresponding dn/ dM/ dz sample (Fig. 2). This represents the best possible reference data set against which our method will be tested.
3.2. Catalogues for 100 deg^{2}
Catalogues for 100 deg^{2} are derived from the full 10 000 deg^{2} catalogue, by randomly extracting 1/100 of the objects in each redshift bin (integrated over M). An example of a XOD diagram for a 100 deg^{2} realisation is displayed in Fig. 6. We have extracted ten such catalogues for each studied set of input parameters.
Fig. 6 Same as Fig. 4 but for a 100 deg^{2} catalogue. Top: same binning as in Fig. 4; bottom: binning as in Table 3. 

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List of parameters on which ASpiX is tested.
4. Methodology for evaluating ASpiX
We assume that the synthetic catalogues and corresponding XOD created for the fiducial model in the previous section represent observed data sets. We describe now, how we test the ability of ASpiX to recover the initial input parameters (Table 4) as a function of the error measurements and of the size of the surveyed area. For this purpose, we determine the most likely solution by scanning the input parameter space, by means of a minimisation routine. In all that follows, convergence criteria as well computer times are quoted for the IDL^{1} version of the codes developed for the present study.
4.1. Likelihood estimates
For a given catalogue, we compute the Poisson likelihood (LH) of the corresponding XOD with reference to a model:(4)The sum is performed over each pixel of the diagram: model is the value from the model and observed is the value obtained from the catalogue. In order to provide a feeling for the sensitivity of the method, we show in Figs. 7 and 8 the LH hypersurface around the fiducial model. This is done for a 2D and for a threedimensional (3D) XOD.
Fig. 7 Top row: slices through the likelihood hypersurface computed for a 2D CRHR diagram. Scatter is implemented only in the M−T and M−L relations. The likelihood surface is computed by varying only two model parameters at a time: left: Ω_{m},σ_{8}; middle: X_{c},w_{o}; right: σ_{8},γ_{MT}. The central pixel corresponds to the fiducial model and has LH = 0 (white cross). The pixel increment is 1% of the fiducial value for all parameters. The likelihood is computed for an area of 100 deg^{2}. Bottom row: same as top but this time for the 3D CRHRr_{c} diagram. 

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Fig. 8 Same as Fig. 7, but with scatter implemented in three scaling relations as given in Table 1; the overall effect is the broadening of the likelihood surfaces. 

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4.2. Amoeba
Recovering the input parameter set from the XOD, that is, the model for which the LH is highest, presents a number of challenges: (i) flag possible degenerate solutions (i.e. different combinations of parameters that reproduce the XOD within the error tolerance); (ii) ensure that the minimisation routine does not get stuck in a local minimum; (iii) estimate the errors on the recovered parameters. In the present paper, we basically investigate the first two points and give empirical estimates for the third one.
In order to quickly explore the LH hypersurfaces of the XOD, we use the Amoeba simplex method (Nelder & Mead 1965). For a given catalogue and a given set of free parameters, we launch 100 parallel runs with different starting points for each free parameter and collect the LH and parameter values at the position where each run stops. As convergence criterion we set: (5)where LH_{max} and LH_{min} are the extreme values obtained for a given simplex (this tolerance is relaxed to 10^{3} when more than five parameters are fitted at a time). Given a set of 100 realisations, we construct the following statistics for each fitted parameter: histogram of the endvalues, endvalues versus LH, endvalues versus starting point. We then search for the solutions having the highest likelihood values, assuming that less significant endpoints correspond to trajectories that end up in local minima. In particular, we consider, the solution corresponding to the highest LH as well as the average of the solutions given by the 10 and 20 highest LH trajectories namely: best, best10, best20.
5. Evaluation of ASpiX
5.1. Test configurations
We first set a benchmark by assuming an ideally perfect (and perfectly utopian) cluster survey. For this, we assume that the N(M,z) distribution for the detected clusters is totally under control: there is no error on the mass measurements and selection effects as a function of mass and cosmology are fully monitored. In a subsequent step, we ascribed a 50% mass uncertainty to all detected clusters. These will be the references for testing the ASpiX performances (runs M1 to M5).
In the remainder of this paper, we mostly explore the behaviour of ASpiX with four free parameters. We use part of, or the full observable space: CR, HR, r_{c}, z; that is, from 2D (as in Paper I) to 4D XOD. We investigate the impact of shot noise by considering, in addition to an area of 10 000 deg^{2}, ten or more realisations of 100 deg^{2} catalogues. The range of starting values injected in Amoeba is ± 50% of the fiducial values of all parameters.
The list of tested configurations is given in Table 5.
List of test configurations and result summary.
5.2. Results
The results are summarised in Table 5 and comprehensively presented in Appendix A. In order to simply quantify the performances of the method, we assume that the rms of the output from at least ten different 100 deg^{2} catalogues provides a sensible accuracy indicator. We shall discuss this assumption in Sect. 6.1.
5.2.1. Running Amoeba on the mass distribution
Configuration M1 yields, as expected, a solution that is extremely close to the fiducial values (less than 0.4% offset for each parameter). Dividing the survey area by 100 and considering the average output from ten different catalogues (M2) we find a mean error on w_{0} of 7% and less for Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, X_{c}. Then, assuming 50% error on the mass for all detected clusters (M3), the uncertainty on w_{0} reaches ~15% and less for the three other parameters.
5.2.2. Running Amoeba on the Xray observable diagrams
In the second part of the exercise, we test step by step, the behaviour of ASpiX over a 10 000 deg^{2} area (runs A0 to A4). This single catalogue realisation is intended to provide an example of the ultimate accuracy reachable by ASpiX. The A0 configuration (CRHR only, no scatter in the scaling relations, no error measurements) converges towards a solution that gives Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, w_{0} at the 10^{3} accuracy level. Adding scatter (A1) leads to a 6% offset on w_{0} for this particular catalogue realisation. Adding the third dimension, r_{c} has no noticeable effect (A2). The knowledge of cluster redshifts (A3), reduces the offset to 3%. Assuming, finally, error measurements of 20% for the three Xray observables, the accuracy on w_{0} recedes to 4% but the other parameters remain basically unaffected (A4).
We now turn to the results pertaining to the 100 deg^{2} catalogues, to investigate the behaviour of ASpiX for more realistic survey coverages. The improvement when switching from B1 to B2 (adding the r_{c} dimension) is more conspicuous than for the 10 000 deg^{2} realisation, as suggested by the 1σ deviations obtained by averaging the best values from the ten catalogues. Taking these as face error values, we observe an improvement by a factor of ~ 1.5 for w_{0}, Ω_{m}, σ_{8}. Implementing the redshift information produces a drastic effect: the uncertainty on w_{0} is divided by a factor of 5 (B3). Finally, modelling the impact of 20% error measurements (B4) has little effect; it suggests that we can estimate w_{0} at better than 10% and reach at least a 2% accuracy for the other parameters.
In addition to the study of the [Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, X_{c}, w_{0}] combination, we found it relevant to investigate the ASpiX ability to pinpoint cluster evolution trends. Indeed, this issue (whether selfsimilar, strong, weak, positive, negative evolution ...) has been generating considerable debate for the last decade without yet ending in a firm conclusion; at least it has been clearly established that selection effects and the form of the scaling relations assumed for the local Universe play a critical role (for a discussion, see Giles et al. 2016). For this purpose, we study the [Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, X_{c}, γ_{MT}, γ_{ML}] parameter combination (configurations A6 and B6). The 1σ uncertainty as indicated by the average of 10 × 100 deg^{2} runs for the 4D XOD, including scatter and error measurements, suggests that (i) we can obtain Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, X_{c} at better than 10% and (ii) the M−T and M−L evolution parameters appear both to be within 0 ± 0.25 (1σ errors). For comparison, the N(M,z) statistic (M5 configuration) shows similar accuracy for Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, γ_{ML} but appears much poorer for γ_{MT}.
In summary, the overall performance of ASpiX with the 4D XOD appears to give constraints comparable to the idealised N(M,z) statistic (with a much better score however for γ_{MT}) when assuming realistic error measurements for all parameters. From the point of view of the methodological simplicity, this is a considerable improvement.
6. Discussion
We discuss below the main outcome of this validation study and address a number of issues raised by the adopted methodology.
6.1. Estimated precision of the parameters
Our conclusions mainly rely on the assumption that averaging the results from at least ten different catalogue realisations provides a sensible estimate of the marginalised 1σ uncertainties. In order to test this, we ran a Fisher analysis (FA) for the studied configurations. For instance, given the [Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, X_{c}, w_{0}] parameter set, the FA predicts: for M3 ±0.014, ± 0.014, ± 0.020, ± 0.085 to be compared with the Amoebaderived estimates (0.015, 0.015, 0.025, 0.10); For B4, we obtain ± 0.012, ± 0.021, ± 0.007, ± 0.07 to be compared with the Amoebaderived estimates (0.010, 0.015, 0.005, 0.09); these results are very similar. For the B6 configuration that handles the [Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, X_{c}, γ_{MT}, γ_{ML}] parameter set, the FA predicts ± 0.015, ± 0.046, ± 0.010, ± 0.22, ± 0.19 while the Amoebaderived estimates give (0.020, 0.050, 0.010, 0.25, 0.20). The concordance with the FA analysis is very encouraging and we foresee that using significantly more than ten catalogue realisations will render the error assessment even more reliable. The next step will be to crosscheck these error estimates using cosmological Nbody simulations of the cluster population (see e.g. Sect. 5 in Pierre et al. 2016)
6.2. The use of Amoeba
We chose Amoeba to evaluate the XOD performances along with a cluster toy model because it converges quickly. Moreover it allows us, by using a wide range of starting values, to scan a large number of points of the LHhypersurface and thus, explore possible degeneracies. The drawback being that, compared to a full MCMC implementation, it does not provide errors on the fitted parameters. But as shown above, reasonable error estimates can be obtained by averaging the output from different catalogue realisations. Also, from the practical point of view, it is straightforward to launch 100 independent parallel runs on a single catalogue. Our results show that for up to four free parameters fitted simultaneously: (i) we do not observe any correlation between the starting and end values; and (ii) solutions obtained from the best LH, the averaged 10LH, and 20LH are similar in general. We note that, while we restrain the starting values to ± 50% of the fiducial solution, points much further out are explored in the course of an Amoeba run (see e.g. Fig. B.4). The situation where the parameter set would very significantly differ from the favoured concordance model will be addressed in a future paper.
6.3. A fair comparison with N(M, z)?
We compare the ASpiX performances with the constraints obtained from the mass distribution alone. In doing this, we assume that the mass for all clusters is estimated at the 50% accuracy level. To ensure a fair comparison with the XOD, we consider this accuracy to be reached by using, in some way, the 10 ks XMM data (only). Given, for example, that cluster temperatures can be measured for about 75% of the entire C1 population and that, for about half of the cases, the errors are larger than 50% (Pacaud et al. 2016, Table D1), this assumption on the mass accuracy is optimistic. In that sense, we are confident that assessing the performances of ASpiX with respect to the constraints from the mass distribution modelled in that way, provides safe conclusions. Of course, masses can be more precisely evaluated by performing deeper Xray observations or/and adding information from weak lensing, but then we undermine our challenging goal of providing a cosmological analysis with Xray survey data alone.
6.4. Added value from cluster size information
A major upgrade from Paper I is the introduction of the angular core radius (r_{c}) as the third Xray observable parameter. A priori, it is expected to play a significant role because it directly enters the selection function (Fig. 1) and is a function of angular distance, and hence of cosmology (r_{c} ≡ R_{c}/D_{a} = R_{500} × X_{c}/D_{a}). A first impression of the added power is given by Figs. 7 (no scatter on X_{c}) and 8 (scatter), in which we show the impact of r_{c} when no redshift information is available and only two parameters are let free, namely for the chosen examples: Ω_{m}−σ_{8}, X_{c}−w_{0}, σ_{8}−γ_{MT}. Without the implementation of r_{c}, a degeneracy exists between cluster intrinsic radii (hence masses) and cosmology, namely between X_{c} and w_{0} (top central panels). The likelihood surface is significantly sharpened with the introduction of the r_{c} measurement (bottom central panels). Conversely, this appears to have no or moderate impact for the Ω_{m}−σ_{8} and σ_{8}−γ_{MT} combinations respectively; the latter being almost washed out when the scatter in the scaling relations is implemented. It is expected however, that the introduction of r_{c} has a greater impact when more parameters are let free. This can be appreciated by comparing configurations B1 and B2: the 1σ error obtained on r_{c} and w_{0} are divided by ~1.5 when introducing the r_{c} observable. The improvement for the 10 000 deg^{2} (A1 and A2) is not straightforward to estimate, since we consider only one such mock catalogue – it is also possible that because of the very large number of clusters plus the fact that for these configurations we assume no measurement errors, we have already reached the maximum information that can be extracted from the Xray data given the convergence criterion imposed; or that the sampling used here with the 16 × 16 × 16 (CR, HR, r_{c}) grid is too coarse for this precision level. Interestingly, we note that X_{c} is already well constrained by the CRHR parameter space alone, as can be also appreciated by comparing runs B1 and B2.
6.5. The Dark Energy equation of state?
Very large future cluster surveys ultimately aim at determining the DE equation of state in a standalone fashion or in combination with other cosmological probes (Albrecht et al. 2006). To explore the behaviour of ASpiX in this more general context, we have extended the analysis to a situation where all cosmological parameters but the evolving DE equation of state are determined at a high level of accuracy (e.g. by the Planck CMB analysis). In this configuration, we assume that the parameters of the scaling relations are unknown (scatter excepted), which corresponds to a set of nine free parameters in total. Results are displayed in Table 6 along with the comparison with the N(M,z) statistics as previously (runs M10 and A10). Here also, we estimate the uncertainty on the parameters, by averaging the results of ten different catalogues. The accuracy on w_{0},w_{a} appears to be comparable for the XOD and N(M,z) approaches, but with a significantly lesser performance for N(M,z) on the M−T relation: this is due to the fact that the M−L relation, only, directly intervenes in the cluster selection and that the role of the temperature has not been explicitly coded in the global error budget of the cluster masses. This demonstrates the power of ASpiX to simultaneously determine cosmological and scaling relation parameters. Switching to a 100 deg^{2} survey and assuming that the scaling relations are known gives a 15% uncertainty on w_{0} when w_{a} is let free; this latter parameter could be constrained better than ± 1. The N(M,z) statistics (run M12) shows errors some 1.5 times larger. Another example of the power of ASpiX for the DE equation of state is illustrated in Appendix B (see following point). We defer the detailed evaluation of ASpiX performances for the DE to a future publication.
Example run on the Dark Energy equation of state, where the scaling factor of the M−Rc relation and the three parameters of both the M−L and M−T relations are let free (Runs M10 and A10).
6.6. Degeneracy between physics and cosmology
An interesting application of running Amoeba with 100 different combinations of starting values is the exploration of possible degenerate sets of parameters, as rendered by the imprint of local minima in the likelihood hypersurface. This is a quick way to probe the surface, but of course it does not replace a systematic (and extremely computertimeconsuming) approach. Moreover, because of statistical fluctuations, some catalogues may favour a specific parameter configuration. Hence, ultimately, we need be able to discriminate between a true degeneracy, that is, two different parameter sets yielding very similar XOD for 10 000 deg^{2} and large uncertainties. We have investigated a few cases in some detail by means of the 100 deg^{2} catalogues. The presence of degeneracies is suggested by a significant difference between the average of the parameter values returned by the best LH and the average of all values, when merging the output from all catalogues. We illustrate this fact by two cases, spotted in the course of the simulations (Appendix B). Quite surprisingly, the second one shows that a degeneracy can exist in the mass distribution, while being totally resolved by the XOD 3D representation. Our current understanding of the situation is that there is no strong degeneracy in the 4D XOD space at the precision level given by 10 ks XMM data and 100 deg^{2}. Conversely, obvious ones (at least one) seem to be present in the N(M,z) space, even though this corresponds to an exotic w_{a}−w_{0} combination.
6.7. Neglected issues
In this first systematic study, we made a number of simplifications: (1) we assumed that the (local) scaling relations are perfectly known and fixed (except for configuration A10, where all scaling parameters are let free); from the practical point of view, this is incorrect since luminosities as well as mass measurements, are cosmology dependent. However, for the adopted fiducial model, a 25% increase in Ω_{m} induces a ~2% increase in the luminosity distance at z = 0.5, that is, some 4% in luminosity estimates, which we consider as negligible for the demonstration purpose of the paper, given the assumed error measurements. (2) Scatter in the scaling relations is also fixed and constant with redshift. This is an optimistic assumption, given that even for the local Universe, scatter values are still poorly constrained and that they play a critical role in the selection function (Pacaud et al. 2007, Paper IV). Moreover, we assumed that the scatters in the M−L and M−T SR are independent as well as the errors on CR, HR and r_{c}; covariance certainly plays a role here. (3) We neglected sample variance effects as well as the uncertainties linked to the assumptions of the Tinker mass function and of the random location of AGN as well as other more subtle effects such as the nonuniversality of the halo mass function for different DE models or nonminimal neutrino masses. We defer the implementation of more complex scaling relations than simple powerlaws along with uniform Gaussian scatter to Paper V, which will apply ASpiX on hydrodynamical simulations.
These simplifications should similarly affect the ASpiX and N(M,z) methods, therefore do not effect the conclusions of the present comparative study.
6.8. Computing speed
As a rule of thumb, the computation time of an XOD diagram increases linearly with the number of observables; it is multiplied by a factor of 4 when adding scatter. The error implementation has a negligible impact given the simple error model assumed here. Moreover, the running time for the cosmological analysis is roughly proportional to the number of fitted model parameters (Sect. 5.1). For instance, the fitting of realisations A0 and A4 takes 22 min and 1h30, respectively, for 100 independent Amoeba runs distributed over 100 CPUs with the IDL version of the code. For a given configuration, not all Amoeba runs converge: the convergence rate varies from 90% to 60% (when more parameters are added).
6.9. Using more Xray bands?
A natural question arising at this stage, is whether or not we have exhausted all possible Xray information. Strictly speaking, the answer is no, since we did not make use of the Xray photons from the [2−10] keV range. In theory, a pure bremsstrahlung spectrum is uniquely determined by a single hardness ratio and the redshifttemperature dependence scales as T ∝ 1 / (1 + z) if we neglect the Gaunt factor. Emission lines certainly have an impact, especially the presence of the Fe complex at 6.7 keV restframe, that provides implicit redshift information at our sensitivity. However, given the low number of cluster photons collected in the [0.5−2] keV band during 10 ks exposures (~ 200 in average), the fact that the XMM sensitivity significantly drops beyond 2 keV and the increasing particle background level at high energy, we anticipate that adding a fifth dimension to the diagram (e.g. the CR in the [2−5] keV band, or a new hardness ratio) will basically have little effect, if not simply add noise (Paper IV).
7. Summary and conclusions
This paper constitutes the second step in the systematic evaluation of an Xray observablebased procedure (ASpiX) for the cosmological analysis of cluster surveys. The principle of the ASpiX method is to perform a fit in a 4D observed parameter space instead of using the traditional 2D reconstructed [M,z] plane. The four observables considered here are: countrate, hardness ratio, angular core radius and redshift. Although this sounds like adding more dimensions to the problem, the modelling of the selection function is drastically simplified. From the practical point of view, the method does not require individual clustermass calculations. ASpiX bypasses this tedious step that has to be iteratively performed for each trial cosmology in the bottomup fitting approach. This method cannot obviously rival the traditional approach involving deeppointed Xray observations along with ancillary data from other wavebands and, fundamentally, faces the same uncertainties as to the observablemass transformation (except when working directly with hydrodynamical simulations – as proposed in the secondtolast bullet of the following summarised conclusions). But because ASpiX is based on simple observable information, it allows us to include the entire detected cluster population in the cosmological analysis, even when shallow survey observations alone are available. In order to sketch the main characteristics of this approach, we considered a simplified toy model of the cluster population for areas of 100 and 10 000 deg^{2} and perform the fit using the Amoeba minimisation code. For the time being we considered a limited set of free parameters namely, Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, X_{c}, w_{0}, w_{a}, possibly complemented by six more parameters describing the cluster physics, as encoded in the scaling relations. The caveat, that this particular freeparameter combination may favour the ASpiX method compared to dn/ dM/ dz, has been tested for by letting both the cosmological and cluster physical parameters free for the case of 10 000 deg^{2} surveys. Our main results indicate that ASpiX is at least as efficient as the N(M,z) route; and for this, photometric redshift accuracy is sufficient (we use five bins of δz = 0.2). ASpiX has moreover the ability to provide useful insights into latent degeneracies between cosmology and cluster physics. These results call for a number of more general comments and we outline below the upgrades foreseen to make ASpiX a fully validated cosmological tool.

We neglected a number of sources of error (such as e.g. the inaccuracy of the selection function and the sample variance) but they affect both ASpiX and the N(M,z) approach in the same way. Although adequate for the comparative goals of the present paper, the predicted uncertainties on the cosmological and cluster parameters are certain to be larger in the real world; more realistic realisations will be considered in the following articles of the series.

The present results are very promising, but the power of ASpiX should be considered independently from the Amoeba module used to scan the likelihood space in this paper. Two approaches can be foreseen for future validation studies: (i) either refine the calibration of the output and the phenomenological error budget by considering more realistic simulated cluster catalogues or (ii) switch to enhanced MCMC codes (like Multinest,Feroz et al. 2009) that avoid remaining trapped in local minima and directly provide error estimates. The computational time will be an important factor for the final choice.

An approach similar to ASpiX has been proposed by BalagueraAntolínez (2014), who showed that information on the cluster scaling relations can be recovered by considering the luminosityweighted cluster power spectrum. From a more fundamental point of view, the numerical values of the coefficients of the scaling relations are of limited interest. Notwithstanding the fact that they provide clues on the selfsimilarity of clusters as a function of mass and redshift, they provide little information on the nongravitational physics at work in the ICM. Basically, what is relevant is: (i) the cosmological parameters; and (ii) the physics that drives cluster formation and evolution and which is responsible for the cluster Xray properties. Scaling relations can be considered as an intermediary product and remain, as a matter of fact, a very much debated topic: lowz determinations are still being questioned (Giles et al. 2016) and recent results suggest that the evolution of the core does not follow that of regions beyond r> 0.2r_{500} (McDonald et al. 2017). This results from the difficulty in defining a methodology that accounts for all factors entering the determination of the SR. Because the ASpiX method makes use of scaling relations in a transparent fashion, these can be considered as the “catalysts” of the cosmological analysis.

One can envisage for a perhaps not so distant future, the onthefly production of XOD directly from numerical simulations. This approach would bypass the modelling of scaling relations as currently implemented in our analytical code (slope, normalisation, evolution and scatter). The search for the best set of parameters (cosmology + cluster physics [timescales and amplitude of nongravitational energy input in the ICM, ...]) would simply be achieved by comparing the observed diagram with the simulated ones – and find the one that has the highest likelihood. We mention that a similar approach involving simulations already proved efficient for the power spectrum of the Lymanα forest (e.g. Viel & Haehnelt 2006; Borde et al. 2014). In our case, the use of simulations would involve a moreover drastic simplification by discarding any consideration of the state of the clusters involved in the scaling relations, which is today a source of lengthy debate (coolcore, virialisation stage, mergers, hydrostatic bias, presence of AGN) including the way the scaling relations themselves are determined (scatter, parametrisation of evolution, mathematical fitting; e.g. Pratt et al. 2009). Finally, the current work assesses that an ASpiXinspired methodology should be the most efficient approach to deal with the eRosita cluster sample (some 100 000 clusters to be detected at a mean equivalent XMM depth of 4 ks) at least during the first phase of the survey analysis (Clerc et al. 2012).

As to the immediate future, the following papers in this series will evaluate the performances of ASpiX on data with increasing complexity in order to more accurately model realsky observing conditions. Paper IV extends the present study to templatebased Nbody simulations. This allows us to switch from ideal toycatalogues to source lists extracted by Xamin on 25 deg^{2} mosaics of simulated lightcones. We also compare the Amoeba and MCMC analyses of the XOD. Paper V will test ASpiX on hydrodynamical simulations and further investigate the impact of the accuracy of the selection function for more realistic modellings of the cluster shapes, scaling relations and AGN activity.
Acknowledgments
We thank Jean Ballet and Mauro Sereno for useful discussions. Elias Koulouridis acknowledges funding from the Centre National d’Études Spatiales.
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Appendix A: ASpiX output
We present a compilation of the ASpiX outputs. Each configuration listed in Tables 5 and 6 is explored by running 100 times ASpiX with random starting values for the fitted parameters in question. For each configuration we display:

A table with (i) either the results from the best, averaged best10and best20 likelihood trajectories when processing a single10 000 deg^{2} catalogue,(ii) or the averaged best10 and all likelihoods for the ten distinct 100 and10 000 deg^{2} catalogues.The second column then gives the 1σ dispersion around the mean.

The histograms of the output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs. The Yaxis is normalized to the number of converged trajectories. The red vertical line stands for the fiducial value and the two blue lines for ± 5% off the fiducial. For the 10 × 100 and 10 × 10 000 deg^{2} runs, the pink errorbar indicates the 1σ dispersion of the values given by the best likelihood of each catalogue and the yellow bar is when considering all outputs; the black crosses show the individual parameter values given by the best likelihoods.
M1.
Fig. A.1 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M1 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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M2X10.
Fig. A.2 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M2X10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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M3X10.
Fig. A.3 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M3X10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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M4.
Fig. A.4 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M4 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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M5x10.
Fig. A.5 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M5x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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A0.
Fig. A.6 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A0 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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A1.
Fig. A.7 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A1 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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A2.
Fig. A.8 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A2 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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A3.
Fig. A.9 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A3 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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A4.
Fig. A.10 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A4 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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B1x10.
Fig. A.11 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B1x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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B2x10.
Fig. A.12 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B2x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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B3x10.
Fig. A.13 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B3x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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B4X10.
Fig. A.14 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B4X10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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A6.
Fig. A.15 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A6 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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B6X10.
Fig. A.16 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B6X10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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M10x10.
Fig. A.17 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M10x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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A10x10.
Fig. A.18 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A10x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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M12x10.
Fig. A.19 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M12x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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B12x10.
Fig. A.20 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B12x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Appendix B: Exploring degeneracies
In this Appendix, we show two examples of degenerate parameter sets present in either the XOD or in the mass representation. We show under which conditions, the degeneracy can be broken.
Example 1: Degeneracy in the absence of redshift information.
One of the 100 deg^{2} catalogues (cat6) was found to yield the following set of parameters for the B2 configuration (no redshift information): Ω_{m} = 0.295,σ_{8} = 0.768,X_{c} = 0.203,w_{0} = −2.251. The corresponding model is plotted in Fig. B.1 along with the fiducial model: both models are almost indistinguishable. The mass distribution, however, clearly differentiates the two models (Fig. B.2). Decomposing the XOD into redshift slices allows the ambiguity to be removed and provides a solution approaching the fiducial model to better than 3% for w_{0}, namely: Ω_{m} = 0.236,σ_{8} = 0.815,X_{c} = 0.246,w_{0} = −1.02 for the best LH, (Fig. B.3). The fitting of the mass distribution (Fig. B.2) yields: Ω_{m} = 0.251,σ_{8} = 0.812,X_{c} = 0.247, w_{0} = −1.17.
Example 2: Degeneracy in the mass distribution.
For a specific configuration of the free parameter set (not mentioned in Table 5), one 100 deg^{2} catalogue realisation (cat3) was found to converge towards a very “exotic” solution namely: X_{c} = 0.29,γ_{MT} = −2.30,γ_{ML} = −0.54,w_{0} = −0.11,w_{a} = −6.97 with 568 objects (the fiducial model gives 577). After investigation, the analytical model corresponding to this parameter set appears to be almost entirely degenerate with the fiducial one for the mass distribution, but not in the 3D XOD representation (Fig. B.4); this is one more indication that ASpiX outperforms N(M,z) for the dark energy equation of state. It is even more interesting to point out that the XOD can easily discriminate the two parameter sets without the redshift information.
Fig. B.1 Example of two different models yielding extremely similar integrated HRCRr_{c} diagrams. Black contours: the fiducial model, Ω_{m} = 0.23,σ_{8} = 0.83,X_{co} = 0.24,w_{0} = −1. Red contours: Ω_{m} = 0.295,σ_{8} = 0.768,X_{c} = 0.203,w_{0} = −2.251 (Best LH). The background pixel image shows one catalogue realisation for 100 deg^{2}. For the sake of clarity, error measurements are included neither in this figure, nor in the following two (but scatter is implemented in the three scaling relations). 

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Fig. B.2 Massredshift distribution corresponding to the catalogue of Fig. B.1; same model contours. 

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Fig. B.3 Same models as in Fig. B.1, but this time decomposed into three redshift slices at z = 0.1,0.5,1. The degeneracy is broken and ASpiX finds a solution quite close to the fiducial model for this particular 100 deg^{2} catalogue realisation, namely: Ω_{m} = 0.236,σ_{8} = 0.815, X_{c} = 0.246,w_{0} = −1.02. 

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Fig. B.4 Illustration of a degeneracy case in the N(M,z) space which is resolved in the 3D XOD space. The black contours stand for the fiducial model (X_{c} = 0.24,γ_{MT} = 0,γ_{ML} = 0,w_{0} = −1,w_{a} = 0) and the red ones for the following parameter set: X_{c} = 0.29,γ_{MT} = −2.30,γ_{ML}−0.54,w_{0} = −0.11,w_{a} = −6.97. The first panels show the three planes of the CRHRr_{c} space and the bottom right panel, the corresponding mass distribution. Scatter in the scaling relations and error measurements are included (a very similar situation is observed, when not included). 

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All Tables
Numerical values adopted for the cluster scaling relations (references in the text).
Example run on the Dark Energy equation of state, where the scaling factor of the M−Rc relation and the three parameters of both the M−L and M−T relations are let free (Runs M10 and A10).
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Fig. 1 Top: selection function adopted for the present study. The probability of detecting a cluster as C1 is given by the isocontours as a function of countrate and coreradius. This map has been derived from extensive XMM image simulations and the two axes represent the true (input) cluster parameters; it is thus only valid for the conditions (exposure time and background) under which the simulations were run. Bottom: resulting cluster redshift distribution for 100 deg^{2} assuming the set of physical and cosmological parameters given in Tables 1 and 4; the cluster density is of the order of 6/deg^{2}. 

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Fig. 2 Top: mass distribution for the selected C1 population and the fiducial parameter set (including scatter in the scaling relations, which impacts the cluster selection). Cluster number densities are calculated for a 10 000 deg^{2} survey. Pixels represent the catalogue (binning as in Table 3) and contours are computed from the analytical model. Bottom: same as above, rebinned with a linear redshift scale. 

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Fig. 3 Projected XOD (3D) calculated for the 10 000 deg^{2} catalogue displayed in Fig. 2 and integrated over the [0−1.8] redshift range. Left: CRHR; middle: CRr_{c}; right: HRr_{c}. The scatter in the scaling relations is implemented as in Table 1; error measurements are not added. 

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Fig. 4 Same as Fig. 3 with a 20% error on the measurements implemented on the three CR, HR, r_{c} observables. 

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Fig. 5 Projected XOD (4D) for the 10 000 deg^{2} catalogue displayed in Fig. 2. The CRr_{c} planes are shown for the redshift slices centred on 0.2, 0.6, 1 on the left, middle and right images, respectively. The scatter in the scaling relations is implemented as in Table 1; the thickness of the slices is dz = 0.2. 

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Fig. 6 Same as Fig. 4 but for a 100 deg^{2} catalogue. Top: same binning as in Fig. 4; bottom: binning as in Table 3. 

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Fig. 7 Top row: slices through the likelihood hypersurface computed for a 2D CRHR diagram. Scatter is implemented only in the M−T and M−L relations. The likelihood surface is computed by varying only two model parameters at a time: left: Ω_{m},σ_{8}; middle: X_{c},w_{o}; right: σ_{8},γ_{MT}. The central pixel corresponds to the fiducial model and has LH = 0 (white cross). The pixel increment is 1% of the fiducial value for all parameters. The likelihood is computed for an area of 100 deg^{2}. Bottom row: same as top but this time for the 3D CRHRr_{c} diagram. 

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Fig. 8 Same as Fig. 7, but with scatter implemented in three scaling relations as given in Table 1; the overall effect is the broadening of the likelihood surfaces. 

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Fig. A.1 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M1 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.2 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M2X10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.3 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M3X10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.4 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M4 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.5 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M5x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.6 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A0 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.7 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A1 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.8 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A2 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.9 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A3 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.10 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A4 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.11 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B1x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.12 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B2x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.13 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B3x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.14 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B4X10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.15 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A6 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.16 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B6X10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.17 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M10x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.18 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for A10x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.19 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for M12x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. A.20 Output values from all converged individual Amoeba runs for B12x10 (see Tables 5 and 6 for the run descriptions and the Appendix text for description of histograms). 

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Fig. B.1 Example of two different models yielding extremely similar integrated HRCRr_{c} diagrams. Black contours: the fiducial model, Ω_{m} = 0.23,σ_{8} = 0.83,X_{co} = 0.24,w_{0} = −1. Red contours: Ω_{m} = 0.295,σ_{8} = 0.768,X_{c} = 0.203,w_{0} = −2.251 (Best LH). The background pixel image shows one catalogue realisation for 100 deg^{2}. For the sake of clarity, error measurements are included neither in this figure, nor in the following two (but scatter is implemented in the three scaling relations). 

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Fig. B.2 Massredshift distribution corresponding to the catalogue of Fig. B.1; same model contours. 

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Fig. B.3 Same models as in Fig. B.1, but this time decomposed into three redshift slices at z = 0.1,0.5,1. The degeneracy is broken and ASpiX finds a solution quite close to the fiducial model for this particular 100 deg^{2} catalogue realisation, namely: Ω_{m} = 0.236,σ_{8} = 0.815, X_{c} = 0.246,w_{0} = −1.02. 

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Fig. B.4 Illustration of a degeneracy case in the N(M,z) space which is resolved in the 3D XOD space. The black contours stand for the fiducial model (X_{c} = 0.24,γ_{MT} = 0,γ_{ML} = 0,w_{0} = −1,w_{a} = 0) and the red ones for the following parameter set: X_{c} = 0.29,γ_{MT} = −2.30,γ_{ML}−0.54,w_{0} = −0.11,w_{a} = −6.97. The first panels show the three planes of the CRHRr_{c} space and the bottom right panel, the corresponding mass distribution. Scatter in the scaling relations and error measurements are included (a very similar situation is observed, when not included). 

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