Astron. Astrophys. 351, 869-882 (1999)
This research has made use of:
the Catalog of Infrared Observations operated at the NASA/Goddard
Space Flight Center (Gezari et al. 1997),
the Hypercat catalog operated at the CRAL-Observatoire de Lyon
(Prugniel & Héraudeau 1998),
the Third Reference Catalog of Bright Galaxies (de Vaucouleurs et
the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under
contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
We also acknowledge:
the Statistical Consulting Center for Astronomy operated at the
Department of Statistics, Penn State University, M.G. Akritas
Numerical Recipes by Press et al. (1992).
M. F. acknowledges support from the National Research Council
through the Resident Research Associateship Program. We thank the
referee, Georges Paturel, for his constructive comments.
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Online publication: November 16, 1999