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kcorrect_python 2014.07.31

Python wrapper for Kcorrect library

Latest Version: 2014.08.03


This package provides Python interface to kcorrect C library by
M. Blanton et al. and described here:




for obtaining kcorrect and how to install it.

This wrapper uses kcorrect version 4.2.

Python and dependencies

This version requires Python 2.7+ and NumPy 1.7+


the usual::

python build

and (may need root privileges) ::

python install

should build the package and install **
into the standard *site-packages* directory.


Note: the environmental variables *KCORRECT_DIR* and
*LD_LIBRARY_PATH* should be set and point to the location
where the kcorrect package is installed, eg::

export KCORRECT_DIR=/usr/local/kcorrect


you can test the package by running::


this will procude two files *coeffs.dat* and

Available functions

The following functions are currently available for this version:

o :func:`load_templates`
o :func:`load_filters`
o :func:`fit_coeffs_from_file`
o :func:`fit_coeffs`
o :func:`reconstruct_maggies`
o :func:`reconstruct_maggies_from_files`
o :func:`fit_photoz`
o :func:`fit_photoz_from_file`
o :func:`solar_magnitudes`
o :func:`project_filters`


Note: The examples below use the data shipped with kcorrect.v4_2.

default usage

You can use the module as follow::

>>> import kcorrect, numpy
>>> kcorrect.load_templates()
>>> kcorrect.load_filters()
>>> a = numpy.array([0.03077382, 1.144068e-08, 5.262234e-08, 8.210213e-08, 8.744532e-08, 1.017738e-07, 6.216309e+16, 3.454767e+17, 1.827409e+17, 1.080889e+16, 3163927000000000.0], dtype='float32')
>>> c = kcorrect.fit_coeffs(a)
>>> c
array([ 3.07738204e-02, 2.02254747e-14, 1.49129165e-35,
2.15513887e-06, 6.94462278e-06, 1.78061924e-13], dtype=float32)
>>> m = kcorrect.reconstruct_maggies(c)
>>> m
array([ 3.07738204e-02, 1.44426586e-08, 5.28384980e-08,
8.09117182e-08, 9.51680121e-08, 1.10408600e-07], dtype=float32)

The example above successively loads the module,
loads the default templates, *vmatrix.default.dat*
and *lambda.default.dat*, loads the default filter,
*sdss_filters.dat*, then computes the coeffs and
reconstructs maggies.

The argument, ``a``, of :func:`fit_coeffs` consists of::

>>> a[0] # redshift
>>> a[1:6] # maggies
>>> a[6:12] # maggies_ivar

To compute the reconstructed maggies at rest-frame with bandpasses
shifted by 0.1, you need first reload the filters with the given
band_shift, then compute the coeffs and the maggies::

>>> kcorrect.load_filters(band_shift=0.1)
>>> m0 = kcorrect.reconstruct_maggies(c, redshift=0.)

If the redshifs, maggies and maggies_invvar are stored
in a file like *sample.dat* found in the *test* directory
of kcorrect package, you can use :func:`fit_coeffs_from_file`
and :func:`reconstruct_maggies_from_files` to perform the

>>> kcorrect.fit_coeffs_from_file('some_file.dat', outfile='output_coeffs.dat')
>>> kcorrect.reconstruct_maggies_from_files('output_coeffs.dat', outfile='computed_maggies.dat')

these produce 2 files *output_coeffs.dat* and *computed_maggies.dat*

To use different templates, you load them as follow::

>>> kcorrect.load_templates(v='vmatrix.goods.dat',l='lambda.goods.dat')

If templates and filters are not loaded before calling the other
functions, error is raised::

>>> kcorrect.fit_coeffs(range(11))
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
File "", line 37, in fit_coeffs
return _kcorrect.fit_coeffs(c)
_kcorrect.error: no filters loaded.

:func:`fit_photoz` and :func:`fit_photoz_from_file` can be used
as follow, after loading the appropriate templates and filter::

>>> p = kcorrect.fit_photoz(a[1:])
>>> p
array([ 1.41886109e-02, 5.18920551e-09, 6.65258128e-36,
2.18073205e-06, 5.97664302e-06, 4.88666385e-14], dtype=float32)

if the data are from a file *photoz.dat*::

>>> fit_photoz('photoz.dat', outfile='photoz.out')

which produces the result to the output file *photoz.out*

using individual function

some functions can be used individually; see, for example,
the function :func:`solar_magnitudes`

:func:`fit_coeffs` can be executed sequentially as follow::

>>> r=0.03077382
>>> m=numpy.array([1.144068e-08, 5.262234e-08, 8.210213e-08, 8.744532e-08, 1.017738e-07], dtype='float32')
>>> mi=numpy.array([6.216309e+16, 3.454767e+17, 1.827409e+17, 1.080889e+16, 3163927000000000.0], dtype='float32')
>>> c=kcorrect.fit_nonneg(r, m, mi)
>>> c
array([ 2.02254747e-14, 1.49129165e-35, 2.15513887e-06,
6.94462278e-06, 1.78061924e-13], dtype=float32)

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