AIPS HELP file for BPEDT in 31DEC18
As of Tue Oct 16 12:13:27 2018
BPEDT: uv-data editor based on bandpass tables
INNAME Input UV data (name)
INCLASS Input UV data (class)
INSEQ Input UV data (seq. #)
INDISK Input UV data disk drive #
INEXT Input table type: (BP)
INVERS Input table file version no.
FREQID -1.0 Frequency ID; 0 => 1
SUBARRAY 0.0 Subarray number 0 => 1.
FLAGVER Flag table version
OUTFGVER 0.0 Output FG table version
TIMERANG Time range to include
BIF First IF to include
EIF Last IF to include
ANTENNAS Antennas to include/exclude
DOHIST -10.0 1.0 Record flags in history file
CROWDED -1.0 1.0 > 0 => allow plots with all
DO3COL -1.0 2.0 > 0 => do CROWDED with
= 2 => always use colors
REASON Initial reason string
ANTUSE 0.0 90.0 Initial displayed antennas
BADDISK Disks to avoid for scratch
Use: To edit uv data by examining bandpass-like table data
interactively. The chosen observable, i.e,. amplitudes or
phases for an antenna is displayed as a function of spectral
channel in an edit window. You may view the entire channel
range or select more detailed channel ranges interactively.
A second observable for the same antenna is displayed over the
same channel range in a window above the edit window. Data in
the primary observable for 0 to 10 other antennas may be
displayed over the same channel range in windows above these on
the TV screen. This display is controlled interactively. A
menu-like control interface is available to select the antenna
and time range to be edited and to select various forms of
bpedt creates a Flag Command file attached to the input UV data
file. If one already exists - due to a prior power failure or
program failure - it will be used. This is a bit dangerous and
should be done only if the data selection adverbs have the values
they had when the FC file was created.
INNAME.....Input UV data file (name). Standard defaults.
INCLASS....Input UV data file (class). Standard defaults.
INSEQ......Input UV data file (seq. #). 0 => highest.
INDISK.....Input UV data file disk drive #. 0 => any.
INEXT......Table type: BP (bandpass), only type currently supported.
INVERS.....Input table file version number, 0 -> current highest.
The input file is not changed, but may be sorted.
FREQID.....Frequency ID to edit. 0 => 1.
SUBARRAY...Subarray number to edit. 0 => 1.
FLAGVER....specifies the version of the flagging table to be applied
to the data on input. 0 -> highest, -1 -> none.
If the specified input flag table already exists, it is
applied to the table data after they are read but before
they are displayed. Any points flagged thereby will not be
displayed. At the end, the flags are written into a flag
table for both single-source and multi-source data sets.
OUTFGVER...Flag table version to be used on output for both single-
and multi-source data sets. If OUTFGVER is <= 0 or
greater than FGmax (the previously highest FG version
number), then a new FG table will be created for the new
flags with version FGmax+1. This new table will also
contain the flags applied on input (if any) from FG
version FLAGVER. If OUTFGVER specifies a pre-existing FG
version, then the input flags are not copied even if
OUTFGVER and FLAGVER are not equal.
TIMERANG...Time range of the data to be edited. In order:
Start day, hour, min. sec, end day, hour, min. sec. Days
are relative to the reference date.
BIF........The lowest numbered IF to include. 0 => 1.
EIF........The highest numbered IF to include. 0 =>highest.
Note: not all data sets will have IFs.
ANTENNAS...A list of antenna numbers to include. 0 => all.
DOHIST.....> 0 => record task execution and flagging info in the
history file (this can be a lot!). <= 0.0 means to omit
the flagging info and <= -9.5 means to omit the execution
information as well.
CROWDED....If true (> 0), the task will be allowed to plot and edit
all times at once. Otherwise, only one time for the
chosen antenna is displayed and edited.
DO3COL.....If CROWDED > 0 and DO3COL > 0, use 3 grey-scale image
planes to plot the data in colors so as to differentiate
between times. The first time is pure red, the last
nearly pure blue. Blue can overwrite the earlier times.
DO3COL > 1.5 tells the task to use the color of the time
always. Otherwise, graphics plane 1 (yellow) is used
when only one time is displayed.
REASON.....The initial reason for flagging recorded in the FG table.
' ' => task name, date and time. This can be changed
ANTUSE.....Lists the antennas to appear in the initial display:
antenna ANTUSE(1) is the initial edit antenna and
ANTUSE(2) through ANTUSE(11) are the comparison antennas.
The default is equivalent to ANTUSE=1,2,3 (or whatever
are the 3 lowest numbered antennas).
BADDISK....The disk numbers to avoid for scratch files (sorting
BPEDT is a TV graphic editor for uv data using bandpass table
data. It works with the XAS-TV display graphics (and image) planes
to allow you to flag uv data based on values in the selected table.
BPEDT attempts to read the entire table into dynamic memory when
it starts up. If it cannot fit all the data, it attempts to read just
one IF at a time. In that case, when you switch IFs, BPEDT reads in
the next IF. BPEDT will tell you as it starts whether "All data will
reside in memory" or "Will do only one IF in memory at a time". The
SWITCH ALL IF option will not appear in the latter case.
There are 5 parts to BPEDT's display:
(1) A menu of operations displayed in two columns, one each at the left
and right sides of the screen. When the menu is displayed, move the
cursor to the desired item and press buttons A, B, or C. To get on-line
help in the message window about a given option, move the cursor to the
desired menu item and press button D.
(2) A plot at the bottom of the screen in a bright color (usually) of
the data which may be actively edited at present. It is of the chosen
type for the selected antenna, polarization(s), and IF(s). Flagged
data are shown in a different color. The frequecy range of the frame
may be made small to expand the frequency axis, but may also be made
so large as to cause serious crowding of the plotted data points.
(Increase your XAS window width to increase the plot scale.)
(3) A plot above the edit area plot in the same bright color of the data
from the selected antenna, polarization(s), and IF(s). This plot is
in a second observable (e.g. if amplitude is in the edit plot, phase
is the second observable). Data in this second area may not be used
for editing but should be helpful in choosing which data to delete in
the edit area. Flagged data are shown in a different color. This
plot may be suppressed by adverb DOTWO.
(4) 0-10 plots of data of the current data type, polarization(s), and
IF(s) for a list of 0-10 other antennas are shown above the second
plot. They are shown for comparison using another color, while
flagged data are shown in a different color.
(5) Several text areas also appear including (a) the IF numbers in the
current frame's frequency axis, (b) the selected data type, IF, and
polarization at the bottom of the screen, (c) the antenna shown in each
plot at the top right of each plot, (d) the current time and all-IF,
all-polarization, and all-antenna flags, (e) the y-axis tick values on
each of the frame plots, and (f) while interactively setting channel
and/or value ranges, the channel/IF and value to which you are
currently pointing and the associated source name.
You may change the size of the XAS window at any time. BPEDT will
not allow it to become too small, but will adjust its display for all
The left-hand menu can contain
| FLAG CHANNEL | To delete one channel at a time.
| FLAG CHAN RANGE | To delete one or more channel ranges.
| FLAG BELOW | To delete all displayed times with data below a
| FLAG ABOVE | To delete all displayed times with data above a
| FLAG AREA | To delete one or more areas in the data-value -
| FLAG POINT | To delete one sample at a time using both
horizontal and vertical cursor position.
| FLAG QUICKLY | To delete samples using only mouse clicks
| ENTER WT RNG | To select the display range for weights
| ENTER AMPL RNG | To select the display range for amplitude
plots. Use 0 -1 for 0 to antenna maximum and
0 0 for min to max.
| ENTER PHASE RNG | To select the display range for phase plots.
| LIST FLAGS | To list all flags now in the Flag Command table.
| UNDO FLAGS | To undo one of the flag operations in the FC table
| REDO FLAGS | To reapply all remaining flags after one or more
have been undone (see note below)
| SET REASON | To set the 24-character "reason" string to be put
in the uv-data flag table
| TV ZOOM | To alter the display zoom used while in the flag
| OFF ZOOM | To turn off any zooming.
| HOLD TV LOAD | To stop updating the TV display with every change
of parameter; change several, then select
| DO TV LOAD | To update the TV display now and with each change
of display parameter.
| REPLOT | To do the current plot over again, recomputing
the differences from the running mean if
| EXIT | To exit BPEDT, writing the flagging information
in the output flag table.
| ABORT | To exit BPEDT, deleting the the FC table
The right-hand menu can contain
| SWITCH POLARIZ | To switch to viewing and editing the other
polarization (can cycle through all).
| SWITCH ALL POL | To switch functions from applying to one
polarization to applying to both polarizations
or vice versa.
| SWITCH ALL TIME | To switch FLAG ABOVE and FLAG BELOW between all
times and the time range of the frame
| SWITCH ALL SOURC| To switch between flagging the current source and
| SWITCH ALL ANT | To switch functions from applying to one antenna to
applying to all antennas or vice versa.
| ENTER ANTENNA | To select the antenna to be displayed at the top
and in the edit area and to be edited.
| ENTER OTHER ANT | To select up to 10 other antennas to be displayed;
enter 10 numbers, 0's are then ignored (to plot
5 enter the 5 plus 5 0's)
| NEXT ANTENNA | To select an antenna one higher than the currently
| PLOT ALL CHANNEL| To display and edit data for all times.
| SELECT FRAME | To select a window into the current data
| NEXT FRAME | To select the next channel range window.
| PREVIOUS FRAME | To select the previous channel range window.
| SELECT IF | To select a single IF to display and edit by
typing its number into the terminal window
| NEXT IF | To select the next higher IF to display and edit
| LAST IF | To select the next lower IF to display and edit
| NEXT TIME | To select the next higher time to display and
| LAST TIME | To select the next lower time to display and
| SHOW AMPLITUDE | To display and edit using amplitudes.
| SHOW PHASE | To display and edit using phases.
| SHOW WEIGHT | To display and edit using weights.
| SHOW ALSO AMPL | To display amplitude in the secondary window
| SHOW ALSO PHASE | To display phase in the secondary window
| SHOW ALSO WT | To display weights in the secondary window
The menus will not show all of these options every time. The HOLD
TV LOAD option is shown until invoked, and then is replaced with the DO
TV LOAD. When that is invoked, the HOLD TV LOAD option reappears. The
SWITCH POLARIZ and SWITCH ALL POL options appear only if there are two
polarizations in the BP table. The only SHOW and SHOW ALSO options to
appear are for those not already displayed.
Note that value-dependent flagging (FLAG BELOW, ABOVE, AREA) use
the values currently plotted to make a list of value-independent flag
commands (i.e., a single channel and time for the specified antennas,
IFs, polarizations, etc.). When a value-dependent FLAG operation is
undone (UNDO FLAGS) or redone (REDO FLAGS), it is these
value-independent flags which are undone or redone. You may have to
undo more commands and then repeat FLAG commands to get the results
you could have gotten by doing the now desired value-dependent command
in the first place. You need also to be careful with the SWITCH ALL
ANT setting with these value-dependent commands. If one antenna is
set, then the commands only apply to the current antenna. If all
antennas is set, the commands apply to all antennas. The first two
set a clip level, below or above which data are deleted, based on the
value of the observable in each antenna independently. The FLAG AREA
command, however, only looks at the values of the observable in the
main edit antenna and flags those samples from all applicable
Be careful when choosing EXIT versus ABORT. The former applies the
flag commands to a flag table attached to the input uv data, the latter
causes the flag commands to disappear without a trace. After EXIT, of
course, one may use, edit, or ignore the output flag (FG) table. For
single-source files, it may be necessary to run SPLIT to apply the FG
table to the data since only some tasks know how to apply FG tables
(those with FLAGVER as an adverb).
The colors used by BPEDT are those of the various graphics planes
when it begins to run. You may change them with the AIPS verb GWRITE to
more desirable colors. The planes are:
Plane Default RGB Use
1 1.00 1.00 0.00 Main editing and secondary windows
2 0.06 1.00 0.00 Comparison antenna data windows
3 1.00 0.67 1.00 Menu highlight
4 0.00 1.00 1.00 Edit and frame window boundaries
5 1.00 0.18 0.18 Flagged data in all windows
6 0.60 0.60 1.00 Menu foreground
7 1.00 0.80 0.40 unused
You may wish to change the colors to ones that you can see better.