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trebin -- Resample tables.


trebin intable outtable column start end step


This task resamples tables. The grid on which to interpolate an input table may be specified either by a table giving explicit values or by start, end, and step values for uniform spacing. The column names in the output table will be the same as in the input table.

If the independent variable column (column) in the input table contains scalar values, each numeric column in the input table will be rebinned to the values of the output indpendent variable. Character and boolean columns will not be copied to the output table. Columns that contain arrays will also not be copied to output. On the other hand, if the input independent variable column contains arrays rather than scalar values, then each row of the input table will be rebinned individually. Scalar columns will be copied to output unchanged. Array columns which have the same length as column will be rebinned and written to the output table; if the array size is not the same, the column will not be copied to output.

Except for function = "linear", the output values are obtained by interpolation, not by fitting. The distinction is important when rebinning to a spacing (step) that is significantly coarser than the spacing of the input data. For functions other than linear, each interpolated value is obtained as follows. The values of the input data nearest the current output independent variable value (X) are selected; the input data are then interpolated at X to obtain the value to write to the output table. For function = "nearest", only one input point is used; for function = "poly3" or "spline", four input points are used. This is appropriate for rebinning to a spacing not much different from the input data. For resampling noisy data to a significantly wider spacing than the input data, however, these options will give very poor results. In the latter case, function = "linear" (the default) should be used. This option uses a linear fit to all the data within an interval of width step centered on each output X value. If there are fewer than two input points in a given interval, however, the value is interpolated the same way as is done for the other functions; that is, the two input points nearest to X are selected, and the value is interpolated at X (note that these two points can be outside the step interval).

A significant limitation to this task is that there is no option to conserve total counts. trebin averages the data values, rather than summing the input bins. What trebin does is appropriate for flux-calibrated spectra, or for time series data expressed as count rate, but it would not be correct for data in counts, or for count rate spectra.


intable [file name template]
List of input tables to be resampled.
outtable [file name template]
Output tables or directory. The number of output tables must match the number of input tables unless outtable is a directory name.
column [string]
Name of the independent variable column in the input table, i.e., the column on which the data are being resampled. The same column name is used for all input tables. The values in this column must be either monotonically increasing or decreasing. INDEF values and trailing padvalue (described below) will be ignored.

The data type of the column is assumed to be a numeric type.

start [real]
If the independent variable values at which to interpolate the input values are to be uniformly spaced, they may be specified using start, end, and step. start is the first value of the output independent variable.

See also xtable; start, end, and step will be ignored if xtable was specified.

end [real]
Last value of the independent variable. This may be rounded up by a fraction of step to ensure that the entire range from start to end is included in the output table.
step [real]
Increment in independent variable. The sign of step is ignored; internally to trebin the sign will be set to negative if start is larger than end.

If start and end are the same, the output table will contain one row, and step will only be used for the case of function = "linear". For other values of function, since the data will be interpolated at just the one point start, the step size will not be needed.

(xtable) [file name template]
The independent variable values at which to interpolate the input values can either be specified explicitly with xtable or computed using start, end, step. If xtable is specified, there must either be just one table name, or the number of names must be the same as the number of names in intable. If there is only one xtable, it will be used for all input tables.

xtable must contain only one column. The name of the column does not matter; it does not need to be the same as given by column. If the actual table contains more than one column, use the column selector syntax to specify which one to use. The column may contain either scalar values or arrays. If the column contains arrays, there must be only one row; if the actual table contains more than one row, use the row selector syntax to specify which one to use.

The data type of the column is assumed to be a numeric type.

(function = "linear") [string, allowed values: nearest | linear |
poly3 | spline]

Interpolation function. There must be at least four rows in the input table for cubic polynomial or cubic spline interpolation. Two rows are required for linear interpolation, and only one for nearest-neighbor.

The "linear" option uses a linear fit, while all other functions are interpolations using only the required number of points nearest the value of the independent variable.

If an input table does not contain enough rows, or if a column being interpolated contains INDEF values so that the total number of values is insufficient for interpolation, the output column will be entirely INDEF; if verbose = yes, a message will be printed.

(extrapolate = no) [boolean]
Extrapolate if out of bounds? See value below.
(value = INDEF) [real]
Value to use if out of bounds. The independent variable values at which the input table is to be interpolated may fall outside the range of values in the independent variable column in the input table. The value to write to the output table for out of bounds independent variables depends on the extrapolate and value parameters. If extrapolate is yes, then value is ignored, and the interpolation function is used for extrapolation. If extrapolate is no, then value is written to each dependent variable column for each row that the independent variable is outside the range of values in the input table. Note that for columns of type integer or short, value should be within the range of possible values of that type, and if value contains a fractional part it will be rounded to the nearest integer.
(padvalue = INDEF) [real]
Trailing INDEF values in the independent variable column (either in intable or in xtable) will be ignored. padvalue can be used to specify an additional value, such as zero, which will also be ignored if it occurs at the end of an array of independent variable values. Values will be trimmed off the end of the array until a value that is neither INDEF nor padvalue is encountered.
(verbose = yes) [boolean]
If verbose = yes, the input and output table names will be printed as they are processed, and the names of columns that are not being copied to output will also be printed.
(Version) [string]
This gives the date of installation of the current version.


1. Resample all the columns in all tables beginning with "hr" so the values in the "Wavelength" column range from 3000 to 8000 in steps of 10. The output tables will have the same names, but will be written in the directory "home$spec" (which should be different from the default directory).

  tt> trebin hr*.tab "home$spec/" Wavelength 3000. 8000. 10.

2. Interpolate the text table "in" at a single point, where the value in column one is 5, and print the results on the standard output.

  tt> trebin in STDOUT c1 5. 5. 0.

3. Interpolate the table from example 2 onto the array of independent variable values in column "wavelength" at row 37 of "x1d.fits". As in example 2, the independent variable in "in" is the first column, "c1".

  tt> trebin in STDOUT c1 xtable="x1d.fits[r:row=37][c:wavelength]"


A column which contains an integer bit mask will be interpolated as if it were an ordinary numeric column, which is not the correct behavior.

Sometimes a table contains array columns where the allocated array size is (or can be) larger than the number of elements actually used. In this case, a scalar column might be used to specify the effective array length. The array size in the output table will typically be different from the array size in the input table; trebin will update the allocated array size, but it will not modify any scalar column that gives the effective array size.


This task was written by Phil Hodge. The following Numerical Recipes subroutines are used by this task: TUCSPL, TUHUNT, TUIEP3, and TUISPL. Numerical Recipes was written by W.H. Press, B.P. Flannery, S.A. Teukolsky, and W.T. Vetterling.


Type "help tables opt=sys" for a higher-level description of the tables package.

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