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Spectroscopic Pipelines Testing and Performance


In order to assess the performance of the spectroscopic pipelines, we determined the redshift and classification by hand of every spectrum on 39 plates from the EDR (a total of roughly 23,000 spectra). Comparing with the outputs of the pipeline, after manual correction following the procedure outlined above, we find that 99.7% of galaxies, 97.9% of quasars, and 99.1% of stars are correctly classified, and the redshifts are correct (to within a pixel or two as determined by eye) for 99.7% of the galaxies, 98.0% of the quasars, and 99.6% of the stars.

We have also compared outputs for plates observed with multiple pluggings, and have found that redshifts for galaxies in the main sample are reproducible to of order 30 km stex2html_wrap_inline2861. Finally, we have compared our redshifts to those found in the literature (e.g., LCRS; shectman96), and find differences consistent with their and our quoted errors. A similar comparison with the ENACS survey enacs shows a mean offset of tex2html_wrap_inline3647 km stex2html_wrap_inline2861, and a dispersion of order 90 km stex2html_wrap_inline2861, a large part of which can be accounted for by the ENACS estimated errors, which were confirmed with repeated measurements. A small number of redshifts from A119 have tex2html_wrap_inline3653. These have been traced to possible problems with redshifts for several objects from a single ENACS pointing.

richards01a and schneider01 compare SDSS quasar redshifts with those from NED, and find excellent agreement; in three cases, they found that the NED redshifts were wrong, but in no case was the NED redshift correct and the SDSS redshift wrong.

Michael Strauss
Thu Jan 30 11:15:34 EST 2003