Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1306.5589 (A. P. Igoshev et al.)

Gaussian mixture model and population synthesis of radio pulsars    [PDF]

A. P. Igoshev, S. B. Popov
Recently, Lee et al. used Gaussian mixture models (GMM) to study the radio pulsar population. In the distribution of normal pulsars in the P-dotP plane, they found four clusters. We develop this approach further and apply it to different synthetic pulsar populations in order to determine whether the method can effectively select groups of sources that are physically different. We check several combinations of initial conditions as well as the models of pulsar evolution and the selection effects. We find that in the case of rapidly evolving objects, the GMM is oversensitive to parameter variations and does not produce stable results. We conclude that the method does not help much to identify the sub-populations with different initial parameters or/and evolutionary paths. For the same reason, the GMM does not discriminate effectively between theoretical population synthesis models of normal radio pulsars.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.5589

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