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Astron. Astrophys. 351, 869-882 (1999)

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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 al. 1991),

  • 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 (Director),

  • 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