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B.33.2 Examples

Here are some examples of using tmatch2:

stilts tmatch2 in1=obs_v.xml in2=obs_i.xml out=obs_iv.xml \
               matcher=sky values1="ra dec" values2="ra dec" params="2"
Takes two input catalogues (VOTables), one with observations in the V band and the other in the I band, and performs a match to find objects within 2 arcseconds of each other. The result is a new table containing only rows where a match was found.
stilts tmatch2 survey.fits ifmt2=csv mycat.csv \
               icmd1='addskycoords fk4 fk5 RA1950 DEC1950 RA2000 DEC2000' \
               matcher=skyerr \
               params=10 values1="RA2000 DEC2000 POS_ERR"  values2="RA DEC 0" \
               join=2not1 omode=count
Here a comma-separated-values file is being compared with a FITS catalogue representing some survey results. Positions in the survey catalogue use the FK4 B1950.0 system, and so a preprocessing step is inserted to create new position columns in the first input table using the FK5 J2000.0 system, which is what the other input table uses. The survey catalogue contains a POS_ERR column which gives the positional uncertainty of its entries, so the skyerr matcher is used, which takes account of this; the third entry in the values1 parameter is the POS_ERR column (in arcsec). Since the second input table has no positional uncertainty information, 0 is used as the third entry in values2. The params gives a rough idea of the scale of the object separations, but its value does not affect the result. The join type is 2not1, which means the output table will only contain those entries which are in the second input table but not in the first one. The output table is not stored, but the number of rows it contains (the number of objects represented in the CSV file but not the survey) is written to the screen.
stilts tmatch2 ifmt1=ascii ifmt2=ascii in1=cat-a.txt in2=cat-b.txt \
               matcher=2d values1='X Y' values2='X Y' params=5 join=1and2 \
               suffix1=_a suffix2=_b \
               ocmd='addcol XDIFF X_a-X_b; addcol YDIFF Y_a-Y_b' \
               ocmd'keepcols "XDIFF YDIFF"' omode=stats
Two ASCII-format catalogues are matched, where rows are considered to match if their X,Y positions are within 5 units of each other in some Cartesian space. The result of the matching operation is a table of all the matched rows, containing columns named X_a, Y_a, X_b and Y_b (along with any others in the input tables) - the suffix* parameters describe how the input X and Y columns are to be renamed to avoid duplicate column names in the output table. To this result are added two new columns, representing the X and Y positional difference between the rows from one input table and those from the other. The keepcols filter then throws all the other columns away, retaining only these difference columns. The final two-column table is not stored anywhere, but (omode=stats) statistics including mean and standard deviation are calculated on its columns and displayed to the screen. Having done all this, you can examine the average X and Y differences between the two input tables for matched rows, and if they differ significantly from zero, you can conclude that there is a systematic error between the positions in the two input files.
stilts tmatch2 in1=mgc.fits in2=6dfgs.xml join=1and2 find=all \
               matcher=sky+1d params='3 0.5' \
               values1='ra dec bmag' values2='RA2000 DEC2000 B_MAG" \
               out=pairs.fits
This performs a match with a matcher that combines sky and 1d match criteria. This means that the only rows which match are those which are both within 3 arcsec of each other on the sky and and within 0.5 blue magnitudes. Note that for both the params and the values1 and values2 parameters, the items for the sky matcher (RA and DEC) are listed first, followed by those for the 1d matcher (in this case, blue magnitude).


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STILTS - Starlink Tables Infrastructure Library Tool Set
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