AIPS HELP file for EDITR in 31DEC21
As of Sun May 16 12:20:00 2021
EDITR: Interactive baseline-oriented UV data editor using the TV
INNAME Input UV data (name)
INCLASS Input UV data (class)
INSEQ Input UV data (seq. #)
INDISK Input UV data disk drive #
SOURCES Source list
QUAL -10.0 Calibrator qualifier -1=>all
CALCODE Calibrator code ' '=>all
TIMERANG Time range to use
SELBAND Bandwidth to select (kHz)
SELFREQ Frequency to select (MHz)
FREQID Freq. ID to select.
SUBARRAY 0.0 1000.0 Subarray, 0=>1
DOCALIB -1.0 101.0 > 0 calibrate data & weights
> 99 do NOT calibrate weights
GAINUSE CL (or SN) table to apply
DOPOL -1.0 10.0 If >0 correct polarization.
PDVER PD table to apply (DOPOL>0)
BLVER BL table to apply.
FLAGVER Flag table version
OUTFGVER 0.0 Output FG table version
DOBAND -1.0 10.0 If >0 apply bandpass cal.
Method used depends on value
of DOBAND (see HELP file).
BPVER Bandpass table version
SMOOTH Smoothing function. See
HELP SMOOTH for details.
STOKES Use 'I' to edit RR and LL
combined, else task will set
BCHAN 0.0 8192.0 Low freq. channel in average
ECHAN 0.0 8192.0 High freq channel in average
BIF First IF displayed
EIF Last IF displayed
UVRANGE 0. Min & max baseline (klambda)
ANTENNAS List of antennas to be used
IN2NAME 2nd UV file name
IN2CLASS 2nd UV file class
IN2SEQ 2nd UV file sequence
IN2DISK 2nd UV file disk
DOHIST -10.0 1.0 Record flags in history file
SOLINT 0.0 Data averaging time in mins
DETIME 0.0 Break interval (min)
DOWEIGHT 0.0 Rescale weights by DOWEIGHT
DOTWO -1.0 1.0 True => do second observable
plot of main baseline
EXPERT -1.0 1.0 > 0 start in expert mode
CROWDED -1.0 2.0 = 1 => allow plots with all
polarizations and IFs
= 2 => use memory grid to
DO3COLOR -1.0 2.0 > 0 => do CROWDED with
multiple colors =2 always
REASON Initial reason string
ANTUSE 0.0 90.0 Initial displayed antennas
BADDISK -1.0 1000.0 Disks to avoid for scratch.
Use: To edit visibility data interactively using the TV graphics
planes. The visibility amplitude or phase or the amplitude of
the visibility with a running average subtracted may be displayed
in an edit window. A second observable from the selected
baseline is shown in a display adjacent to the edit window.
Optionally, data in the primary observable for 1 to 10 other
baselines to the selected antenna may be displayed over the same
time range in areas above the second window. The data are shown
in a low-resolution, full time-range display or they may be shown
with higher resolution by interactively selecting a "frame" or
window of shorter time duration. A second uv data set may also
be displayed along with the first. These data are not used for
editing but may help you to select the data to be deleted. A
"normal" choice for the second data set would be the residuals
after Cleaning or UVSUB. A menu-like control interface is
available to select the data, antenna, and time range to be
edited and to select various forms of editing. An "expert mode"
allows you to enter single-letter menu selections from the
keyboard (xterm) while this expert mode is enabled.
EDITR 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. When EDITR finishes, the
FC table is translated into a standard Flag (FG) table.
EDITR is for editing continuum data from one or more IFs.
Multiple spectral channels may be averaged on input with the
vector average used for display and editing; multiple IFs are
kept separate. The data may also be averaged over time as they
are read into memory. This is useful for improved
signal-to-noise and to help squeeze the data into memory, but
will cause the data flags to be less selective in time. The
program is more efficient if all data fit in memory, so EDITR
will try to read all data into memory if it can. Failing that it
will try to read all data for one IF or all data for one antenna
for all or one IF. It will fail if this last case does not fit
and you will need to use TIMERANGE or SOLINT to reduce the amount
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.
SOURCES....Source list. '*' = all; a "-" before a source name means
all except ANY source named.
QUAL.......Only sources with a source qualifier number in the SU table
matching QUAL will be used if QUAL is not -1.
CALCODE....Sources may be selected on the basis of the calibrator code
given in the SU table.
' ' => any calibrator code selected
'* ' => any non blank code (cal. only)
'-CAL' => blank codes only (no calibrators)
anything else = calibrator code to select.
NB: The CALCODE test is applied in addition to the other
tests, i.e. SOURCS and QUAL, in the selection of sources to
TIMERANG...Time range of the data to be copied. In order: Start day,
hour, min. sec, end day, hour, min. sec. Days relative to
SELBAND....Bandwidth of data to be selected. If more than one IF is
present SELBAND is the width of the first IF required.
Units = kHz. For data which contain multiple
bandwidths/frequencies the task will insist that some form
of selection be made by frequency or bandwidth.
SELFREQ....Frequency of data to be selected. If more than one IF is
present SELFREQ is the frequency of the first IF required.
Units = MHz.
FREQID.....Frequency identifier to select (you may determine which is
applicable from the OPTYPE='SCAN' listing produced by
LISTR). If either SELBAND or SELFREQ are set, their values
override that of FREQID. However, setting SELBAND and
SELFREQ may result in an ambiguity. In that case, the task
will request that you use FREQID.
SUBARRAY...Subarray number to copy. 0=>all.
DOCALIB....If true (>0), calibrate the data using information in the
specified Cal (CL) table for multi-source or SN table for
single-source data. Also calibrate the weights unless
DOCALIB > 99 (use this for old non-physical weights).
GAINUSE....Version number of the CL table to apply to multi-source
files or the SN table for single-source files.
0 => highest.
DOPOL......If > 0.5 then correct data for instrumental polarization
as represented in the AN or PD table. This correction is
only useful if PCAL has been run or feed polarization
parameters have been otherwise obtained. See HELP DOPOL
for available correction modes: 1 is normal, 2 and 3 are
for VLBI. 1-3 use a PD table if available; 6, 7, 8 are
the same but use the AN (continuum solution) even if a PD
table is present.
PDVER......PD table to apply if PCAL was run with SPECTRAL true and
0 < DOPOL < 6. <= 0 => highest.
BLVER......Version number of the baseline based calibration (BL) table
to apply. <0 => apply no BL table, 0 => highest.
FLAGVER....specifies the version of the flagging table to be applied
to the data on input. 0 -> highest, -1 -> none.
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.
DOBAND.....If true (>0) then correct the data for the shape of the
antenna bandpasses using the BP table specified by BPVER.
The correction has five modes:
(a) if DOBAND=1 all entries for an antenna in the table
are averaged together before correcting the data.
(b) if DOBAND=2 the entry nearest in time (including
solution weights) is used to correct the data.
(c) if DOBAND=3 the table entries are interpolated in
time (using solution weights) and the data are then
(d) if DOBAND=4 the entry nearest in time (ignoring
solution weights) is used to correct the data.
(e) if DOBAND=5 the table entries are interpolated in
time (ignoring solution weights) and the data are then
BPVER......Specifies the version of the BP table to be applied (if
DOBAND > 0). 0 => highest numbered table.
SMOOTH.....Specifies the type of spectral smoothing to be applied to
a uv database . The default is not to apply any smoothing.
The elements of SMOOTH are as follows:
SMOOTH(1) = type of smoothing to apply: 0 => no smoothing
To smooth before applying bandpass calibration
1 => Hanning, 2 => Gaussian, 3 => Boxcar, 4 => Sinc
To smooth after applying bandpass calibration
5 => Hanning, 6 => Gaussian, 7 => Boxcar, 8 => Sinc
SMOOTH(2) = the "diameter" of the function, i.e. width
between first nulls of Hanning triangle and sinc
function, FWHM of Gaussian, width of Boxcar. Defaults
(if < 0.1) are 4, 2, 2 and 3 channels for SMOOTH(1) =
1 - 4 and 5 - 8, resp.
SMOOTH(3) = the diameter over which the convolving
function has value - in channels. Defaults: 1,3,1,4
times SMOOTH(2) used when input SMOOTH(3) < net
STOKES.....Set STOKES='I' to force editing of RR and LL as one - this
saves memory and will make the task faster. Otherwise, the
task sets STOKES to 'HALF' unless the first (or if present
the 2nd) data set is already converted to I. In that case,
'I' is used for both.
BCHAN......First channel number to include. 0 => 1. Channels are
averaged before being displayed.
ECHAN......Highest channel number to to include in displayed average,
0 => max
BIF........The lowest numbered IF to include. IFs may be edited
separately in one run. 0 => 1.
EIF........The highest numbered IF to include. 0 =>highest. Note: not
all data sets will have IFs.
UVRANGE....Include data from UVRANGE(1) through UVRANGE(2)
kilowavelengths. 0,0 => all.
ANTENNAS...A list of antennas to be included (if all are > 0), data
involving any other antenna is excluded. If any one of the
numbers is < 0, then ANTENNAS becomes a list of antennas to
be excluded; data involving two antennas both not in
ANTENNAS are included.
IN2NAME....2nd UV data file name. This file will be displayed along
with the first file, although only the first file may be
used for editing. All calibration is turned off for this
second file. BCHAN, ECHAN, BIF, and EIF are applied to the
second file iff the second file has the same number of
input channels and IFs as the first. Otherwise, channels
1 through ECHAN-BCHAN+1, IFs 1 through EIF-BIF+1 are
included. ' ' => no 2nd UV data set.
This option is normally used for a "residual" uv data set
set as that produced by IMAGR or UVSUB.
IN2CLASS...2nd UV file class. ' ' => no 2nd UV data set.
IN2SEQ.....2nd UV data file sequence number. < 0 => do not
use this option; = 0 => highest existing.
IN2DISK....2nd UV data file disk number. = 0 => any.
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.
SOLINT.....Data are averaged in time over SOLINT minutes to produce
better signal to noise and to reduce memory requirements.
0 => 1/6000(0.01 s). If you want averaging, set this
number appropriately. Editing times are offset by
SOLINT/2 which may cause confusion if no averaging occurs.
When you do this, you must set a DETIME value which
correctly represents your data; the default can put a gap
between every sample which is costly in memory and data
DETIME.....Samples more than DETIME (minutes) from the previous will
be considered to imply a break in the time sequence and
will be assigned a time interval after a gap of 1 interval
or 2 intervals if the sample is more than 2 * DETIME later.
< SOLINT => MAX (2, 5*SOLINT). DETIME is used as the
initial estimate of the scan length as well - this may be
DOWEIGHT...The display of error bars (restricted to amplitudes)
depends on the data weights being 1/(sigma**2) in 1
(Jy**2). Set DOWEIGHT to get the data weights into this
scale, multiplying the input weights by DOWEIGHT. 0 -> 1.
DOTWO......> 0 (true) means to do the secondary plot of a second
observable (phase, amplitude, diff amplitude) from the
primary baseline. <= 0 means to plot only the primary
observable used for the editing. True is highly
EXPERT.....> 0 => the task begins in "expert mode" in which commands
are entered with single characters at the keyboard rather
than by TV menu selection. You can switch in and out of
expert mode interactively after the task begins without
regard for the value of EXPERT. If the task begins in
EXPRT mode, it starts with the amplitudes and difference
amplitudesplotted from 0 to maximum and phases from -180
to 180 and with the ALL IF and ALL POL flags =NOT.CROWDED
rather than false. These choices may be changed
CROWDED....If = 1, the task will be allowed to plot and edit
all IFs and/or all polarizations at once. Otherwise,
only one polarization and one IF are plotted at a time
and much of the editing is based only on the values of
If = 2, the plots will be constructed in dynamic memory
and then loaded as images rather than being drawn directly
to the TV. Use this if there are a lot of times and/or
IFs being over-plotted to save time.
DO3COLOR...If CROWDED > 0 and DO3COLOR > 0, use 3 grey-scale image
planes to plot the data in colors so as to differentiate
between IFs and polarizations. When one IF and
polarization is plotted, the graphics plane is used
unless DO3COLOR > 1.5.
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:
baseline ANTUSE(1)-ANTUSE(2) is the initial edit baseline
and ANTUSE(1)-ANTUSE(3) through ANTUSE(1)-ANTUSE(12) are
the comparison baselines. The default is equivalent to
ANTUSE=1,2,3,4 (or whatever are the 4 lowest numbered
BADDISK....This array contains the numbers of disks on which it is
desired that scratch files not be located.
EDITR is a TV graphic editor for uv data using the uv data
themselves and optionally a second data set (e.g. residuals). It works
with the XAS-TV display graphics planes (7 of them) to allow you to flag
uv data based on their values. It does not change the input data set,
but will write a flag table.
EDITR averages spectral channels and over a specified time interval
as it reads the data set(s). It attempts to read the entire data set
into the pseudo-AP memory when if starts up. If it cannot fit all the
data, it attempts to read just one IF at a time and/or all baselines to
one antenna at a time. In that case, when you switch IFs or main
antennas, EDITR has to read in the next IF or set of baselines. EDITR
will tell you as it starts whether "All data will reside in memory" or
various other combinations. Judicious choices of SOLINT and TIMERANGE
can help the task to read all selected data and thus to be more
There are 6 parts to EDITR'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 baseline, polarization(s), and IF(s) and is
limited in time range by the current frame (which can be all or a
portion of the total time range). Flagged data are shown in a
different color. The time range of the frame may be made small to
expand the time 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 baseline, polarization(s), and IF(s). This plot is
in a second observable (e.g. if amplitude is in the edit plot, phase
is often 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 baselines to the main antenna are shown
above the second plot. They are shown for comparison using another
color, while flagged data are shown in a different color.
(5) If a second uv data set was specified, its data will be shown in
another color in each of the windows (2, 3, 4) above.
(6) Several text areas also appear including (a) the start and end times
for the current frame's time 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 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 time and/or
value ranges, the time and/or value to which you are currently pointing
and the associated source name.
You may change the size of the XAS window at any time. EDITR will
not allow it to become too small, but will adjust its display for all
The left-hand menu can contain
| FLAG TIME | To delete one time at a time.
| FLAG TIME RANGE | To delete one or more time 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 AMPL RNG | To select the display range for amplitude plots:
0 -1 for 0 to maximum, 0 0 for min to max
| ENTER PHASE RNG | To select the display range for phase plots.
| ENTER DAMP RNG | To select the display range for plots of the
amplitude of the visibility minus a running
vector average visibility.
| PLOT ERROR BARS | To plot error bars based on data weights
| SET SCAN LENGTH | To set the averaging time used to determine the
running average in seconds.
| 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
| USE EXPERT MODE | To control the task from the keyboard instead of
| 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 EDITR, moving the FC table to a uv-data FG
| ABORT | To exit EDITR, deleting the FC table
The right-hand menu can contain
| NEXT POL/IF | To switch to viewing the next correlator,
switching to the other polarization and, if
needed, incrementing the IF.
| 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.
| ENTER IF | To select which IF is viewed and edited. This
can force a read of data if all IFs did not fit
in memory. 0 -> all.
| SWITCH ALL IF | To switch functions from applying to one IF, to
applying to a range of IFs, or to applying to
all IFs (in sequence).
| SWITCH ALL TIME | To switch FLAG ABOVE and FLAG BELOW between all
times and the time range of the frame
| ROTATE ALL ANT | To rotate functions from applying to (a) one
baseline, (b) all baselines to the main antenna,
and (c) all baselines.
| SWITCH ALL SOURC| To switch between flagging the current source and
| ENTER ANTENNA | To select the main antenna, baselines to which are
displayed on the screen.
| ENTER OTHER ANT | To select up to 11 other antennas to define the
baselines to be displayed; The first one is
used for the edit area. Then enter any more
that you may desire (including none).
| NEXT BASELINE | To rotate the list of other antennas, selecting
the next one for the edit area.
| NEXT ANTENNA | To select a new main antenna, one higher than the
current main antenna. The "others" MAY also
| PLOT ALL TIMES | To display all data for the selected baselines.
| SELECT FRAME | To select a window into the current data
| NEXT FRAME | To select the next time-range window of the same
size as the current frame.
| PREVIOUS FRAME | To select the previous time-range window of the
same size as the current frame.
| SHOW AMPLITUDE | To display and edit amplitudes.
| SHOW PHASE | To display and edit phases.
| SHOW DIFF AMPL | To display and edit the amplitudes of the vector
difference between the sample and its running
| SHOW ALSO AMPL | To display amplitudes of the edit baseline for
reference with the phase or difference
amplitude edit window.
| SHOW ALSO PHASE | To display phases of the edit baseline for
reference with the amplitude or difference
amplitude edit window.
| SHOW ALSO DAMP | To display difference amplitudes of the edit
baseline for reference with the phase or
amplitude edit window.
| TV ZOOM | To alter the display zoom used while in the flag
| OFF ZOOM | To turn off any zooming.
| 2ND UV OFF | To disable the display of the 2nd uv data set.
| 2ND UV ON | To enable the display of the 2nd uv data set.
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 data. The ENTER IF option appears only if there is
more than one IF in the data and the SWITCH ALL IF option appears only
if there is more than one IF and all IFs fit in the program memory.
Only one of the three SHOW ALSO choices appears at any one time.
Plots of the difference between the visibility and its running mean
can be particularly sensitive to short term disturbances while ignoring
slow changes due to gradually changing source structure and the like.
The running mean is not carried between sources and, as a result, is not
normally carried across scan boundaries.
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 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 ROTATE ALL ANT setting with these
value-dependent commands. If one baseline is set, then the commands
only apply to the current baseline. If one antenna is set, the commands
apply to all baselines to the current main antenna, while if all
antennas is set, the commands apply to all baselines. The first two set
a clip level, below or above which data are deleted, based on the value
of the observable in each baseline independently. The FLAG AREA
command, however, only looks at the values of the observable in the main
edit baseline and flags those samples from all applicable baselines.
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 EDITR 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 baseline 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 Second uv data set if present
You may wish to change the colors to ones that you can see better.
When CROWDED and DO3COLOR are invoked together, TV channels 14-16 are
used for a 3-color display to help you see which IF/polarization is
which. The colors range from red to blue starting with IF BIF,
polarization 1, then polarization 2, then IF 2 polarization 1, and so
on. When you select a single IF and polarization, graphics plane 1 is
used unless you set DO3COLOR > 1.5. In that case each correlation is
plotted in its unique color whether in a single display or a crowded
one. When displaying one IF and two polarizations, the colors are
chosen so that polarization 1 appears in a red/orange color and
polarization 2 in a green/blue color.
In "expert" mode, you are prompted with a set of 4-character codes.
You type in the letter within that code that is shown in upper case
(left-justified with a carriage return) to get the desired function.
The expert functions allowed are
Code Prompt Full menu OP name
T Time FLAG TIME
R Rang FLAG TIME RANGE
B Belo FLAG BELOW
A Abov FLAG ABOVE
E arEa FLAG AREA
O pOin FLAG POINT
Q Quik FLAG QUICKLY
L List LIST FLAGS
U Undo UNDO FLAGS
S baSl NEXT BASELINE
C nCor NEXT POL/IF
N Nant NEXT ANTENNA
F Fram SELECT FRAME
M aMpl SHOW AMPLITUDE
P Phas SHOW PHASE
D aDif SHOW DIFF AMPL
X eXit EXIT EXPERT MODE
H Help THIS HELP LIST
although some may be suppressed depending on what is currently