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Title: SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey data release 12: Galaxy target selection and large-scale structure catalogues

The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) III project, has provided the largest survey of galaxy redshifts available to date, in terms of both the number of galaxy redshifts measured by a single survey, and the effective cosmological volume covered. Key to analysing the clustering of these data to provide cosmological measurements is understanding the detailed properties of this sample. Potential issues include variations in the target catalogue caused by changes either in the targeting algorithm or properties of the data used, the pattern of spectroscopic observations, the spatial distribution of targets for which redshifts were not obtained, and variations in the target sky density due to observational systematics. We document here the target selection algorithms used to create the galaxy samples that comprise BOSS. We also present the algorithms used to create large-scale structure catalogues for the final Data Release (DR12) samples and the associated random catalogues that quantify the survey mask. The algorithms are an evolution of those used by the BOSS team to construct catalogues from earlier data, and have been designed to accurately quantify the galaxy sample. Furthermore, the code used, designated mksample, is released with this paper.
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  1. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
  3. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States)
  4. Univ. of Portsmouth, Portsmouth (United Kingdom)
  5. New York Univ. (NYU), New York, NY (United States)
  6. Univ. of St. Andrews, St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
  7. The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)
  8. Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik Garching (Germany)
  9. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  10. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)
  11. Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (United States); The Open Univ., Milton Keynes (United Kingdom)
  12. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  13. Apache Point Observatory and New Mexico State Univ., Sunspot, NM (United States); Moscow State Univ., Moscow (Russia)
  14. Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States)
  15. Univ. Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid (Spain)
  16. Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (United States)
  17. Leibniz-Institut fur Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), Potsdam (Germany)
  18. The Univ. of Tokyo, Chiba (Japan)
  19. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA (United States)
  20. King's College, Wilkes Barre, PA (United States); Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States)
  21. Apache Point Observatory and New Mexico State Univ., Sunspot, NM (United States)
  22. Univ. of Portsmouth, Portsmouth (United Kingdom); Aix Marseille Univ., Marseille (France)
  23. Univ. Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid (Spain); Campus of International Excellence UAM+CSIC, Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Astrofisica de Andaluca (CSIC), Granada (Spain)
  24. Univ. Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid (Spain); Campus of International Excellence UAM+CSIC, Madrid (Spain); Univ. of Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid (Spain)
  25. Max-Planck-Institut fur extraterrestrische Physik, Garching (Germany); Univ.-Sternwarte Munchen, Munich (Germany)
  26. Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS (United States); Ilia State Univ., Tbilisi (Georgia); Univ. of Portsmouth, Portsmouth (United Kingdom)
  27. The Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
  28. Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Tenerife (Spain); Univ. Nacional de La Plata, La Plata (Argentina); CONICET, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  29. Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Postal (Mexico)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711; KA2301020
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 455; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711
Royal Astronomical Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; cosmology: observations; (cosmology:) large-scale structure of Universe
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