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AIPY (Astronomical Interferometry in PYthon) DESCRIPTION This package collects together tools for radio astronomical interferometry. In addition to pure-python phasing, calibration, imaging, and deconvolution code, this package includes interfaces to MIRIAD (a Fortran interferometry package) and HEALPix (a package for representing spherical data sets), and some math/fitting routines from SciPy. ON THE WEB There are further instructions, documentation, and a FAQ at: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/~aparsons/aipy/aipy.cgi INSTALLATION This is a *nix package. With some trouble it can install on intel-based Macs. It probably doesn't install on Windows. You need to have python >= 2.4 (and < 3.0 for now). AIPY depends on the following python packages: numpy >= 1.2 pyephem >= 3.7.3 pyfits >= 1.3 *matplotlib >= 0.98.3 *matplotlib-basemap >= 0.99 (* installation can proceed without these, but some scripts won't work) INSTALLING DEPENDENCIES OPTION 1 (safest): Manually install the dependencies. OPTION 2 (experimental): Open up the AIPY download, and with network connectivity and root access, type: $ install_required.sh and then (if you want matplotlib/basemap): $ install_recommended.sh INSTALL AS ROOT > sudo python setup.py install INSTALL AS USER You'll first install to a directory of your choice: $ python setup.py install --install-lib <module_dir> \ --install-scripts <scripts_dir> This puts the python module in <module_dir>, and the command-line scripts in <scripts_dir>. The next thing is to tell python where to look for the python module. This is done by setting the PYTHONPATH variable to point to <module_dir>. In bash, this looks like: $ export PYTHONPATH=<module_dir> However, you'll have to type this every time you open a terminal. To avoid this, add the export line to the .bashrc file in your home dir. COMMAND-LINE SCRIPTS Unless you installed as user, these will be in /usr/bin. For more info use the "-h" option with any of these commands: DOCUMENTATION If you want to build html documentation, you'll first need sphinx on your system: > easy_install -U sphinx Then you should be able to cd into the doc directory and run: > make html The results will appear in doc/build/html. There are plenty of other build options, too. Many thanks to Jayce Dowell for his work on this. Enjoy, Aaron Parsons ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- PACKAGE INFO FOR DEVELOPERS The subpackage "optimize" was copied in from scipy-0.6.0, and then all code that depended on non-pure-python modules was removed. If these ever need to be updated, download scipy source and copy scipy/scipy/optimize into aipy, and then remove any code deemed unnecessary. Unfortunately, then you may need to crawl through the code and replace all "scipy" references with "aipy". The subpackage "_cephes" was copied in from scipy-0.6.0/special, and then all but the cephes and c_misc code was removed to avoid needing a Fortran compiler. _cephesmodule.c needed substantial editing to remove external dependencies. The miriad source code (aipy/miriad/mirsrc) was included from MIRIAD-4.0.5. To update, download miriad source and copy $MIR/src/subs/* and $MIR/src/inc/* into aipy/miriad/mirsrc. Not all files are used, but include them all anyway. Healpix source code (aipy/healpix/cxx) was included from Healpix-2.01. To update, download healpix source and copy src/cxx into aipy/healpix.