GEOMAX: beyond linear compression for 3pt galaxy clustering statistics


We present the GEOMAX algorithm and its Python implementation for a two-step compression of bispectrum measurements. The first step groups bispectra by the geometric properties of their arguments; the second step then maximises the Fisher information with respect to a chosen set of model parameters in each group. The algorithm only requires the derivatives of the data vector with respect to the parameters and a small number of mock data, producing an effective, non-linear compression. By applying GEOMAX to bispectrum monopole measurements from BOSS DR12 CMASS redshift-space galaxy clustering data, we reduce the $68\%$ credible intervals for the inferred parameters $\left(b_1,b_2,f,\sigma_8\right)$ by $\left(50.4\%,56.1\%,33.2\%,38.3\%\right)$ with respect to standard MCMC on the full data vector. We run the analysis and comparison between compression methods over one hundred galaxy mocks to test the statistical significance of the improvements. On average GEOMAX performs $\sim15\%$ better than geometrical or maximal linear compression alone and is consistent with being lossless. Given its flexibility, the GEOMAX approach has the potential to optimally exploit three-point statistics of various cosmological probes like weak lensing or line-intensity maps from current and future cosmological data-sets such as DESI, Euclid, PFS and SKA.Comment: 17 pages, 9 figures, accepted version by MNRA

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