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Plot a radial or elliptical profile of the source model for imaging data.


prof_source( [id], [model=None, rstep=None, rmin=None, rmax=None,
rlo=None, rhi=None, xpos=None, ypos=None, ellip=None, theta=None,
group_counts=None, group_snr=None, label=True, recalc=True,
overplot=False, clearwindow=True] )


The prof_source command calculates the radial - or elliptical - profile of the source model to an imaging dataset and plots it. The profile is defined by the existing model compenents, although it is possible to over-ride these values.

The model values used to calculate the profile are those intrinsic to the source, and so are not broadened by any PSF model applied using the set_psf() command. Please use the prof_model() command if you want to plot the PSF-convolved model values.

Loading the routine

The routine can be loaded into Sherpa by saying:

from sherpa_contrib.profiles import *

Argument options

The argument options are the same as for the prof_data() command, and are described in its ahelp page.


Errors are not calculated for the model component.

Changing the plot defaults

The get_source_prof_prefs() returns the current plot preferences used by prof_source(). Changing these settings will therefore change the appearance of any new plots created by prof_source(). For example

sherpa> get_source_prof_prefs()["xlog"] = True

will cause any new plots to use logarithmic scaling for the X axis. A full list of the preferences can be found by saying

unix% ahelp get_source_prof_prefs


Example 1

sherpa> prof_source()
sherpa> prefs = get_source_prof_prefs()
sherpa> prefs["xlog"] = True
sherpa> prefs["ylog"] = True
sherpa> prof_source()

The preferences are set so that both the x and y axes should be drawn using log scaling. Setting the get_source_prof_prefs values only affects new plots made after the setting was changed.

Example 2

sherpa> prof_source(group_snr=15)

The source data is plotted after the bins have been grouped so that each bin has a signal to noise ratio of 15 or more, where the calculation is done using the data and not the model values.

Example 3

sherpa> prof_data()
sherpa> prof_source(overplot=True)
sherpa> prof_model(overplot=True)

Plots the profile for the data and then overplots the model profile, for the source and measured profiles.


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

See Also

get_data_prof, get_data_prof_prefs, get_delchi_prof, get_delchi_prof_prefs, get_fit_prof, get_model_prof, get_model_prof_prefs, get_resid_prof, get_resid_prof_prefs, get_source_prof, get_source_prof_prefs, plot_chart_spectrum, plot_marx_spectrum, prof_data, prof_delchi, prof_fit, prof_fit_delchi, prof_fit_resid, prof_model, prof_resid, sherpa_profiles
get_arf_plot, 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
normal_sample, t_sample, uniform_sample
get_cdf_plot, get_energy_flux_hist, get_pdf_plot, get_photon_flux_hist, get_pvalue_plot, get_pvalue_results, get_split_plot, plot, plot_arf, plot_bkg, plot_bkg_chisqr, plot_bkg_delchi, plot_bkg_fit, plot_bkg_fit_delchi, plot_bkg_fit_resid, plot_bkg_model, plot_bkg_ratio, plot_bkg_resid, plot_bkg_source, plot_cdf, plot_chisqr, plot_data, plot_delchi, plot_energy_flux, plot_fit, plot_fit_delchi, plot_fit_resid, plot_model, plot_model_component, plot_order, plot_pdf, plot_photon_flux, plot_pvalue, plot_ratio, plot_resid, plot_scatter, plot_source, plot_source_component, plot_trace, set_xlinear, set_xlog, set_ylinear, set_ylog
get_chisqr_plot, get_delchi_plot