Parameter estimation of spinning binary inspirals using Markov chain Monte Carlo

Marc Van Der Sluys*, Vivien Raymond, Ilya Mandel, Christian Röver, Nelson Christensen, Vicky Kalogera, Renate Meyer, Alberto Vecchio

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We present a Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) technique to study the source parameters of gravitational-wave signals from the inspirals of stellar-mass compact binaries detected with ground-based gravitational-wave detectors such as LIGO and Virgo, for the case where spin is present in the more massive compact object in the binary. We discuss the aspects of the MCMC algorithm that allow us to sample the parameter space in an efficient way. We show sample runs that illustrate the possibilities of our MCMC code and the difficulties that we encounter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number184011
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 21 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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