The Intrinsic Shape Distribution of a Sample of Elliptical Galaxies

@article{Statler2000TheIS,
  title={The Intrinsic Shape Distribution of a Sample of Elliptical Galaxies},
  author={Jakob Bak Thomas S. Statler},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2000},
  volume={120},
  pages={110-122}
}
We apply the dynamical modeling approach of Statler to 13 elliptical galaxies from the Davies & Birkinshaw sample of radio galaxies to derive constraints on their intrinsic shapes and orientations. We develop an iterative Bayesian algorithm to combine these results to estimate the parent shape distribution from which the sample was drawn, under the assumption that this parent distribution has no preferred orientation. In the process we obtain improved estimates for the shapes of individual… 

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