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AHELP for CIAO 4.13 Sherpa v1


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Save the quality array to a file.


save_quality(id, filename=None, bkg_id=None, ascii=True, clobber=False)

id - int or str, optional
filename - str
bkg_id - int or str, optional
ascii - bool, optional
clobber - bool, optional


The output is a two-column file, containing the channel and quality columns from the data set.


Example 1

Save the channel and quality columns from the default data set to the file 'quality.dat' as an ASCII file:

>>> save_quality('quality.dat')

Example 2

Over-write the 'qual.fits' file, if it exists, and write out the quality array from the 'jet' data set, as a FITS format file:

>>> save_quality('jet', 'qual.fits', ascii=False, clobber=True)


The parameters for this function are:

Parameter Definition
id The identifier for the data set to use. If not given then the default identifier is used, as returned by `get_default_id` .
filename The name of the file to write the array to. The format is determined by the `ascii` argument.
bkg_id Set if the quality array should be taken from the background associated with the data set.
ascii If False then the data is written as a FITS format binary table. The default is True . The exact format of the output file depends on the I/O library in use (Crates or AstroPy).
clobber If `outfile` is not none , then this flag controls whether an existing file can be overwritten ( True ) or if it raises an exception ( False , the default setting).


The function does not follow the normal Python standards for parameter use, since it is designed for easy interactive use. When called with a single un-named argument, it is taken to be the `filename` parameter. If given two un-named arguments, then they are interpreted as the `id` and `filename` parameters, respectively. The remaining parameters are expected to be given as named arguments.

The column names are 'CHANNEL' and 'QUALITY'.


See the bugs pages on the Sherpa website for an up-to-date listing of known bugs.

See Also

save_chart_spectrum, save_marx_spectrum
copy_data, dataspace1d, dataspace2d, datastack, delete_data, fake, get_axes, get_bkg_chisqr_plot, get_bkg_delchi_plot, get_bkg_fit_plot, get_bkg_model_plot, get_bkg_plot, get_bkg_ratio_plot, get_bkg_resid_plot, get_bkg_source_plot, get_counts, get_data, get_data_contour, get_data_contour_prefs, get_data_image, get_data_plot, get_data_plot_prefs, get_dep, get_dims, get_error, get_quality, get_specresp, get_staterror, get_syserror, group, group_adapt, group_adapt_snr, group_bins, group_counts, group_snr, group_width, load_arf, load_arrays, load_ascii, load_bkg, load_bkg_arf, load_bkg_rmf, load_data, load_grouping, load_image, load_multi_arfs, load_multi_rmfs, load_pha, load_quality, load_rmf, load_staterror, load_syserror, load_table, pack_image, pack_pha, pack_table, set_data, set_quality, ungroup, unpack_arf, unpack_arrays, unpack_ascii, unpack_bkg, unpack_data, unpack_image, unpack_pha, unpack_rmf, unpack_table
get_filter, load_filter, set_filter
get_default_id, list_bkg_ids, list_data_ids, list_response_ids
add_model, add_user_pars, clean, load_table_model, load_template_interpolator, load_template_model, load_user_model, save_model, save_source
plot_data, set_xlinear, set_xlog, set_ylinear, set_ylog
restore, save, save_all, save_arrays, save_data, save_delchi, save_error, save_filter, save_grouping, save_image, save_pha, save_resid, save_staterror, save_syserror, save_table, script
calc_data_sum, calc_data_sum2d, calc_ftest, calc_kcorr, calc_mlr, calc_model_sum2d, calc_source_sum2d, get_rate
contour, contour_data, contour_ratio, histogram1d, histogram2d, image_data, rebin