How Common are the Magellanic Clouds

@article{Liu2011HowCA,
  title={How Common are the Magellanic Clouds},
  author={Lulu Liu and Brian F. Gerke and Risa H. Wechsler and Peter Behroozi and Michael T. Busha},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={733},
  pages={62}
}
We introduce a probabilistic approach to the problem of counting dwarf satellites around host galaxies in databases with limited redshift information. This technique is used to investigate the occurrence of satellites with luminosities similar to the Magellanic Clouds around hosts with properties similar to the Milky Way in the object catalog of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Our analysis uses data from SDSS Data Release 7, selecting candidate Milky-Way-like hosts from the spectroscopic catalog… 

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