Read spherical harmonic coefficients from a text file formatted as [degree, order, value].

Usage

coeffs, [errors], lmaxout, [header], [header2] = read_dov(
    filename, [error=True, header=True, header2=True, lmax, skip])

Returns

coeffs : ndarray, size(2, lmaxout+1, lmaxout+1)
The spherical harmonic coefficients.
errors : ndarray, size(2, lmaxout+1, lmaxout+1)
The errors associated with the spherical harmonic coefficients.
lmaxout : int
The maximum spherical harmonic degree read from the file.
header : list of type str
A list of values in the header line found before the start of the spherical harmonic coefficients.
header2 : list of type str
A list of values in the second header line found before the start of the spherical harmonic coefficients.

Parameters

filename : str
File name or URL that contains the text-formatted spherical harmonic coefficients. filename will be treated as a URL if it starts with ‘http://’, ‘https://’, or ‘ftp://’. If filename ends with ‘.gz’ or ‘.zip’, the file will be uncompressed before parsing.
lmax : int, optional, default = None
The maximum spherical harmonic degree to read from the file. The default is to read the entire file.
error : bool, optional, default = False
If True, return the errors associated with the spherical harmonic coefficients as a separate array.
header : bool, optional, default = False
If True, return a list of values in the header line found before the start of the spherical harmonic coefficients.
header2 : bool, optional, default = False
If True, return a list of values in the second header line found before the start of the spherical harmonic coefficients.
skip : int, optional, default = 0
The number of lines to skip before parsing the file.

Notes

This function will read spherical harmonic coefficients from a ‘dov’- formatted text file. The errors associated with the spherical harmonic coefficients, as well as the values in one or two header lines, can be read optionally by setting the parameters error, header, and header2 to True. The optional parameter skip specifies how many lines should be skipped before attempting to parse the file, and the optional parameter lmax specifies the maximum degree to read from the file. Both real and complex spherical harmonic coefficients are supported.

The spherical harmonic coefficients in the file should be formatted as

l, m, coeffs[0, l, m] l, -m, coeffs[1, l, m]

where l and m are the spherical harmonic degree and order, respectively. If the errors are to be read, the line should be formatted as

l, m, coeffs[0, l, m], errors[0, l, m] l, -m, coeffs[0, l, m], errors[1, l, m]

For each value of increasing l, all the angular orders are listed in pairs with inceasing abs(order), from 0 to l.

If one or two header lines are to be read, they should be located directly after the first lines to be skipped, before the start of the spherical harmonic coefficents. The header values are returned as a list, where each value is formatted as a string. Comment lines will be ignored, where comments start with ‘#’ or the line is all whitespace.

If filename starts with ‘http://’, ‘https://’, or ‘ftp://’, the file will be treated as a URL. In this case, the file will be downloaded in its entirety before it is parsed.

If the filename ends with ‘.gz’ or ‘.zip’, the file will be automatically uncompressed before parsing. For zip files, archives with only a single file are supported. Note that reading ‘.gz’ and ‘.zip’ files will be extremely slow if lmax is not specified.

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