I. Casal, L. Muñoz, R.A. Molina
We study the accuracy and precision for estimating the fraction of observed levels φ in quantum chaotic spectra through long-range correlations. We focus on the main statistics where theoretical formulas for the fraction of missing levels have been derived, the Δ3 of Dyson and Mehta and the power spectrum of the δn statistic. We use Monte Carlo simulations of the spectra from the diagonalization of Gaussian Orthogonal Ensemble matrices with a definite number of levels randomly taken out to fit the formulas and calculate the distribution of the estimators for different sizes of the spectrum and values of φ. A proper averaging of the power spectrum of the δn statistic needs to be performed for avoiding systematic errors in the estimation. Once the proper averaging is made the estimation of the fraction of observed levels has quite good accuracy for the two methods even for the lowest dimensions we consider d=100. However, the precision is generally better for the estimation using the power spectrum of the δn as compared to the estimation using the Δ3 statistic. This difference is clearly bigger for larger dimensions. Our results show that a careful analysis of the value of the fit in view of the ensemble distribution of the estimations is mandatory for understanding its actual significance and give a realistic error interval.
Comments: 10 pages, 9 figures