Simulations for the MegaBEAST


To test that the MegaBEAST is behaving as expected, it is important to simulate data and evaluate if the results match the input. Currently, code is implemented to create a lognormal (or double lognormal) distribution of A_V values that can be run through the MegaBEAST. More sophisticated inputs, as well as additional types of simulations, are still necessary.

The code will create all files necessary to run the MegaBEAST. The inputs are:

  • beast_seds_filename: Name of the path+file that contains the BEAST SED grid
  • av_lognorm: parameters for the underlying lognormal A_V distribution
  • output_label: a string used for making output folders and file names
  • av_lognorm2 (optional): if set, makes A_V a double lognormal distribution
  • image_dimen (optional): dimensions of the fake sky image (default is 10x10)
  • nstar_per_pix (optional): number of stars in each pixel (default is 50)

The code will create an nstars image with the specified dimensions. Each pixel will be populated with a number of stars drawn from a poisson distribution with mean of nstar_per_pix. In each pixel, each star will be assigned an A_V drawn from the input lognormal (or double lognormal) distribution. The error on A_V is currently assumed to be 0.2 (that will be made more generalizable in the future). The log-likelihoods (lnp) are computed at each A_V in the BEAST grid. Each star is assumed to have a completeness of 1 (which will also be more generalized in the future).

The code creates a folder with the spatially organized log likelihoods, an nstars image, and a placeholder noisemodel. It also writes out a MegaBEAST input file, which can be directly input into the MegaBEAST.


This example creates an 8x10 image in which each pixel has 50 stars. The assumed underlying lognormal distribution of A_V has a peak at A_V=1 and sigma=0.5. The BEAST grid has A_V spacing of 0.01. This creates the simulated files, runs the MegaBEAST, and makes plots.

from megabeast.simulations.simulate_av import simulate_av
from megabeast.simulations.simulate_av_plots import simulate_av_plots
from megabeast.megabeast import megabeast
from megabeast.plot_input_data import plot_input_data
from megabeast.parameter_maps import parameter_maps

            {'max_pos':0.5, 'sigma':0.5, 'N':500},
plot_input_data('megabeast_input_mb-simulation.txt', log_scale=True)
simulate_av_plots('megabeast_input_mb-simulation.txt', log_scale=False,
                  input_lognormal={'max_pos':0.5, 'sigma':0.5, 'N':500})
parameter_maps('megabeast_input_mb-simulation.txt', n_col=2)

This is the same as above, but instead draws A_V from a double lognormal distribution.

            {'max_pos':0.5, 'sigma':0.5, 'N':500},
                        av_lognorm2={'max_pos':2, 'sigma':0.5, 'N':500}
plot_input_data('megabeast_input_mb-simulation2.txt', log_scale=True)
simulate_av_plots('megabeast_input_mb-simulation2.txt', log_scale=False,
                  input_lognormal={'max_pos':0.5, 'sigma':0.5, 'N':500},
                              input_lognormal2={'max_pos':2, 'sigma':0.5, 'N':500})
parameter_maps('megabeast_input_mb-simulation2.txt', n_col=2)