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Statistical study of the orbital elements of spectroscopic binary stars. Olowin, Ronald Paul

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A statistical study of the orbital elements of Spectroscopic Binary Systems is undertaken with attention given to the distribution of ω, the longitude of periastron, and the observed distribution of orbital eccentricities and periods. Selection effects are taken into account in both cases. Test results indicate that the major non-uniformities previously found by other investigators for the distribution of u have been reduced or eliminated for certain categories of data. A positive correlation is discovered for the observed tabulation of periods and eccentricities. The latter result is viewed with caution, due to certain criteria established in the analysis.

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