# Fit an arbitrary sky (image) model to an existing MS

**Fitting a Sky Model to an Existing Measurement Set in the UV Domain**

*version 20may2015, written with CASA v4.3.1*

This casaguide illustrates how to fit an arbitrary sky image model to an existing MS. Along the way it illustrates how to "get your hands" on the raw visibility data in the python interface and how to compute the Chi-squared of the visibility data to your given model. This could be useful if you have a set of source models you would like to compare in the UV domain, but the models are too complicated to be handled by the set of models provided in CASA's uvmodelfit() task. The methods illustrated here can be used to estimate the *scaling* and *goodness-of-fit* of your model to the MS. They could also be the starting point for a more comprehensive and sophisticated exploration of a set of possible models using the Chi-squared statistic, for instance.

The example assumes we have an ALMA 7m MS; we are interested in the continuum data only; and we have a sky model as a FITS image which we wish to compare with the UV data (i.e., the MS). As written, this tutorial requires you to process one spectral window (SPW) at a time.

First suppose the FITS image is in a file called **myskymap.fits**. We need to import it into CASA as a CASA image and ensure it has the proper FREQUENCY and STOKES axes, which in our example we assume is not yet the case. There are two ways to do this: 1) the CASA importfits() task will fill these in for you if you set *defaultaxes=False* with the appropriate sub-parameters; 2) the simutil() module will allow you to do it. We illustrate the second case:

default importfits fitsimage='myskymap.fits' imagename='myskymap.image' overwrite=True defaultaxes=False inp go from simutil import simutil util=simutil() # Set the INCENTER and INWIDTH for the SPW of interest from the listobs() util.modifymodel(inimage='lyszmapjyperpixRightSign.image', outimage='lyszmapjyperpixRightSignFixed.image', inbright='',indirection='',incell='',incenter='85.015425GHz', inwidth='1937.5MHz',innchan=1)

# split out one SPW and the field(s) of interest- # make two copies, one of which will get overwritten by the MOCK spwid='0' realmsname='calibrated_final_cont_spw'+spwid+'_AVG.ms' split(vis='calibrated_final_cont.ms',outputvis=msname,field='4', spw=spwid,combine='scan',timebin='1e8') msname='calibrated_final_cont_spw'+spwid+'_AVG_MOCK.ms' split(vis='calibrated_final_cont.ms',outputvis=msname,field='4', spw=spwid,combine='scan',timebin='1e8') #old form - # split(vis='calibrated_final_cont_SAVE.ms',outputvis=msname,field='4',spw=spwid) # # set the telescope name manually- the need for this is probably a defect - # (sim tool infers primary beam from telescope name) # ***DO NOT DO THIS FOR THE 12M DATA!!!*** # tb.open(msname+'/OBSERVATION',nomodify=False) tel=tb.getcol("TELESCOPE_NAME") for i in range(len(tel)): tel[i]="ACA" tb.putcol("TELESCOPE_NAME",tel) tb.done() sm.openfromms(msname) #sm.setdata(spwid=0,fieldid=4) #sm.setdata() # this sets the primary beam sm.setvp() sm.summary() sm.predict(imagename='lyszmapjyperpixRightSignFixed.image') # ***NOTE: the result has gone in the data column, not the model column # check result with sanity - plotms(vis=msname,xaxis='uvwave',yaxis='amp',ydatacolumn='data',avgtime='1e8') # plot what the observed model would look like, sans noise- clean(vis=msname,niter=0,cell='2.5arcsec',imsize=[128,128],imagename='model7m') # # issues with sim toolkit # -need to do one SPW at a time. pre-split it. # -by default it seems to be using the 12m PB for the 7m data. # (and the 12m is a rough approx. to the actual 12m beam, # ie it is an airy disk rescaled to have ~ same main lobe size # as the real beam) --> fix by tweaking OBSERVATION table # for ACA it then uses 6.5m airy disk. # ############################### # extract visibilities to the python layer # using the measurement set tool ms.open(msname) # the selection can be tricky, but it seems to work fine with # the default parameters using the SPLIT() strategy we have # done above- ms.selectinit() # ms.getdata() returns a dictionary, each element # of which is a numpy array mydat=ms.getdata(['real','imaginary','u','v','weight']) uu=mydat['u'] vv=mydat['v'] rr=mydat['real'] ii=mydat['imaginary'] # i got the weight from the sim dataset,should get # from real dataset -- but really should be identical-- wt=mydat['weight'] ms.close() # now get visibility values from the actual (not mock) data- ms.open(realmsname) ms.selectinit() realdat=ms.getdata(['real','imaginary','u','v','weight']) r2=realdat['real'] i2=realdat['imaginary'] ms.close() # what are the dims of the data? r2.shape # built-in sqrt object does not work elementwise # so import numpy's version - import numpy as np uvrad=np.sqrt(uu**2+vv**2) ampl=np.sqrt(rr**2+ii**2) a2=np.sqrt(r2**2+i2**2) # first index indexes polarization (there are two --XX, YY) # second is null (probably SPW or IF, nominally)- pl.plot(uvrad,ampl[0,0,:],'.') # hey, that looks familiar! # calculate chi2- c2= (r2[:,0,:]-rr[:,0,:])**2 * wt + (i2[:,0,:]-ii[:,0,:])**2 * wt # typical data point contributes 1.6 to chi2- np.median(c2) # total chi2 per DOF- c2.sum()/c2.size # = 2.31 - better than i expected! # nulling the model gives delta(chi2) = 51.4 # -that's delta total chi2 for 36,736 DOF # simple single-parameter linear least squares fit of the model to the data- numerator = r2[:,0,:] * rr[:,0,:] * wt + i2[:,0,:]*ii[:,0,:] * wt denominator = (rr[:,0,:])**2 * wt + (ii[:,0,:])**2 * wt # LLS scale factor between data and model - scalefac= numerator.sum() / denominator.sum() # uncertainty in scalefac, if the weights are correct # in an absolute sense - escalefac=sqrt(1.0/denominator.sum())