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We apply state-of-the art data analysis methods to a number of fictitious CMB mapping experiments, including 1/f noise, distilling the cosmological information from time-ordered data to maps to power spectrum estimates, and find that in all cases, the resulting error bars can we well approximated by simple and intuitive analytic expressions. Using these approximations, we discuss how to maximize the scientific return of CMB mapping experiments given the practical constraints at hand, and our main conclusions are as follows.
Preprint astro-ph/9705188, Phys. Rev. D, 56, 4514-4529 (1997)
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