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AHELP for CIAO 4.3 Sherpa v1


Context: modeling


Returns the data and preferences defining the unconvolved model component plot


get_source_component_plot([id], name)


  • id - the id of the dataset to use; if not given, uses the default dataset id (id=1 by default, see "ahelp get_default_id")
  • name - the variable name(s) representing the model component(s)

The get_source_component_plot() command returns the data arrays and preferences which define a plot of unconvolved model components created with the plot_source_component() command. Once a data set has been loaded into the Sherpa session, this command can be used to list the xlo, xhi, and y data arrays associated with a specified model component, as well as the x label, y label, title, units, and other (histogram) plotting preferences and settings. The information returned by get_source_component_plot() may be stored in variables, or printed to the screen, as shown in the examples section.


Field name Description
xlo grid array, low bins (independent variable)
xhi grid array, high bins (independent variable)
y convolved model amplitudes (dependent variable)
xlabel The label for the X axis
ylabel The label for the Y axis
units units of grid (X axis)
title The plot title
histo_prefs dictionary of histogram plotting preferences

Note that the show_source command ("ahelp show_model") is recommended to simply print the current unconvolved model to the screen.

Example 1

sherpa> print get_source_component_plot(2, "p1")

Return the data arrays and preferences defining the plot of the unconvolved power law model component "p1" associated with data set 2.

sherpa> load_data(2, "source_pi.fits")
sherpa> set_model(2, "xsphabs.abs1*powlaw1d.p1")

sherpa> print get_model_component_plot(2, "p1")
xlo    = [ 0.1   0.15  0.2  ...,  9.85  9.9   9.95]
xhi    = [  0.15   0.2    0.25 ...,   9.9    9.95  10.  ]
y      = [  9.4476e-02   5.1996e-02   3.3467e-02 ...,   4.8187e-05   4.7768e-05
xlabel = Energy (keV)
ylabel = f(E)  Photons/sec/cm^2/keV 
units  = energy
title  = Source model component: powlaw1d.p1
histo_prefs = {'linethickness': 2, 'symbolcolor': None, 'symbolfill': None, 'xlog': False, 'ylog': False, 'symbolangle': None, 'errthickness': None, 'fillcolor': None, 'linecolor': 'orange', 'errstyle': None, 'linestyle': 1, 'symbolstyle': 0, 'errcolor': None, 'fillstyle': None, 'fillopacity': None, 'yerrorbars': False, 'symbolsize': None}

Example 2

sherpa> set_model("gauss1d.g1+const1d.c1")
sherpa> gauss_plot=get_source_component_plot("g1")
sherpa> gauss_plot.histo_prefs["symbolstyle"]=1
sherpa> gauss_plot.histo_prefs["linestyle"]=0

Store the plot information returned by the get_source_component_plot() command for the Guass 1D model component "g1" to the variable "gauss_plot". Use the "gauss_plot" variable to change the plot preferences such that symbols are used in place of a line to represent the data.


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

See Also

get_conf, get_covar, get_int_proj, get_int_unc, get_proj, get_reg_proj, get_reg_unc
get_areascal, get_arf, get_arf_plot, get_axes, get_backscal, get_bkg, get_bkg_plot, get_bkg_scale, get_coord, get_counts, get_data, get_data_plot, get_dep, get_dims, get_error, get_exposure, get_grouping, get_indep, get_quality, get_rmf, get_specresp, get_staterror, get_syserror
calc_stat_info, get_fit, get_stat_info
get_default_id, list_model_ids, list_stats, show_bkg_model, show_bkg_source
get_iter_method_name, get_iter_method_opt, get_method
add_model, add_user_pars, clean, create_model_component, delete_bkg_model, delete_model, delete_model_component, get_model, get_model_autoassign_func, get_model_component, get_model_component_image, get_model_component_plot, get_model_plot, get_num_par, get_order_plot, get_par, get_pileup_model, get_response, get_source, get_source_component_image, image_model, image_model_component, image_source, image_source_component, integrate, link, load_table_model, load_user_model, reset, save_model, save_source, set_bkg_model, set_full_model, set_model_autoassign_func, set_pileup_model, set_source, set_xsabund, set_xscosmo, set_xsxsect, set_xsxset
get_split_plot, plot_model, plot_model_component, plot_source, plot_source_component
delete_psf, get_kernel, get_psf, load_conv
save_delchi, save_resid
get_chisqr_plot, get_delchi_plot, get_stat
calc_chisqr, calc_energy_flux, calc_model_sum, calc_photon_flux, calc_source_sum, calc_stat, eqwidth, get_analysis, get_rate
contour_model, contour_ratio, contour_resid, get_ratio, get_resid, image_getregion

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