PDL::Transform - Image transformations and N-D functions


PDL::Transform - Image transformations and N-D functions


use PDL::Transform;

 my $t = new PDL::Transform::<type>(<opt>)
 $out = $t->apply($in)  # Apply transform to some N-vectors (Transform method)
 $out = $in->apply($t)  # Apply transform to some N-vectors (PDL method)
 $im1 = $t->map($im);   # Transform image coordinates (Transform method)
 $im1 = $im->map($t);   # Transform image coordinates (PDL method)
 $t2 = $t->compose($t1);  # compose two transforms
 $t2 = $t x $t1;          # compose two transforms (by analogy to matrix mult.)
 $t3 = $t2->inverse();    # invert a transform
 $t3 = !$t2;              # invert a transform (by analogy to logical "not")


PDL::Transform is a convenient way to represent coordinate transformations and resample images. It embodies functions mapping R^N -> R^M, both with and without inverses. Provision exists for parametrizing functions, and for composing them. You can use this part of the Transform object to keep track of arbitrary functions mapping R^N -> R^M with or without inverses.

The simplest way to use a Transform object is to transform vector data between coordinate systems. The apply method accepts a PDL whose 0th dimension is coordinate index (all other dimensions are threaded over) and transforms the vectors into the new coordinate system.

Transform also includes image resampling, via the map method, You define a coordinate transform using a Transform object, then use it to remap an image PDL. The output is a remapped, resampled image.

You can define and compose several transformations, then apply them all at once to an image. The image is interpolated only once, when all the composed transformations are applied.

In keeping with standard practice, but somewhat counterintuitively, the map engine uses the inverse transform to map coordinates FROM the destination dataspace (or image plane) TO the source dataspace; hence PDL::Transform keeps track of both the forward and inverse transform.

For terseness and convenience, most of the constructors are exported into the current package with the name t_<transform>, so the following (for example) are synonyms:

  $t = new PDL::Transform::Radial();  # Long way
  $t = t_radial();                    # Short way

Several math operators are overloaded, so that you can compose and invert functions with expression syntax instead of method syntax (see below).


Coordinate transformations and mappings are a little counterintuitive at first. Here are some examples of transforms in action:

   use PDL::Transform;
   $a = rfits('m51.fits');   # Substitute path if necessary!
   $ts = t_linear(Scale=>3); # Scaling transform
   $w = pgwin(xs);
   ## Grow m51 by a factor of 3; origin is at lower left.
   $b = $ts->map($a,{pix=>1});    # pix option uses direct pixel coord system
   ## Shrink m51 by a factor of 3; origin still at lower left.
   $c = $ts->unmap($a, {pix=>1});
   ## Grow m51 by a factor of 3; origin is at scientific origin.
   $d = $ts->map($a,$a->hdr);    # FITS hdr template prevents autoscaling
   ## Shrink m51 by a factor of 3; origin is still at sci. origin.
   $e = $ts->unmap($a,$a->hdr);
   ## A no-op: shrink m51 by a factor of 3, then autoscale back to size
   $f = $ts->map($a);            # No template causes autoscaling of output


The bang operator is a unary inversion operator. It binds exactly as tightly as the normal bang operator.

By analogy to matrix multiplication, 'x' is the compose operator, so these two expressions are equivalent:
  $f->inverse()->compose($g)->compose($f) # long way
  !$f x $g x $f                           # short way

Both of those expressions are equivalent to the mathematical expression f^-1 o g o f, or f^-1(g(f(x))).

By analogy to numeric powers, you can apply an operator a positive integer number of times with the ** operator: $f->compose($f)->compose($f) # long way $f**3 # short way


Transforms are perl hashes. Here's a list of the meaning of each key:

Ref to a subroutine that evaluates the transformed coordinates. It's called with the input coordinate, and the ``params'' hash. This springboarding is done via explicit ref rather than by subclassing, for convenience both in coding new transforms (just add the appropriate sub to the module) and in adding custom transforms at run-time. Note that, if possible, new funcs should support inplace operation to save memory when the data are flagged inplace. But func should always return its result even when flagged to compute in-place.

func should treat the 0th dimension of its input as a dimensional index (running 0..N-1 for R^N operation) and thread over all other input dimensions.

Ref to an inverse method that reverses the transformation. It must accept the same ``params'' hash that the forward method accepts. This key can be left undefined in cases where there is no inverse.

idim, odim
Number of useful dimensions for indexing on the input and output sides (ie the order of the 0th dimension of the coordinates to be fed in or that come out). If this is set to 0, then as many are allocated as needed.

A shorthand name for the transformation (convenient for debugging). You should plan on using UNIVERAL::isa to identify classes of transformation, e.g. all linear transformations should be subclasses of PDL::Transform::Linear. That makes it easier to add smarts to, e.g., the compose() method.

An array containing the name of the quantity that is expected from the input piddle for the transform, for each dimension. This field is advisory, and can be left blank if there's no obvious quantity associated with the transform. This is analogous to the CTYPEn field used in FITS headers.

Same as itype, but reporting what quantity is delivered for each dimension.

The units expected on input, if a specific unit (e.g. degrees) is expected. This field is advisory, and can be left blank if there's no obvious unit associated with the transform.

Same as iunit, but reporting what quantity is delivered for each dimension.

Hash ref containing relevant parameters or anything else the func needs to work right.

Bit indicating whether the transform has been inverted. That is useful for some stringifications (see the PDL::Transform::Linear stringifier), and may be useful for other things.

Transforms should be inplace-aware where possible, to prevent excessive memory usage.

If you define a new type of transform, consider generating a new stringify method for it. Just define the sub ``stringify'' in the subclass package. It should call SUPER::stringify to generate the first line (though the PDL::Transform::Composition bends this rule by tweaking the top-level line), then output (indented) additional lines as necessary to fully describe the transformation.


Transforms have a mechanism for labeling the units and type of each coordinate, but it is just advisory. A routine to identify and, if necessary, modify units by scaling would be a good idea. Currently, it just assumes that the coordinates are correct for (e.g.) FITS scientific-to-pixel transformations.

Composition works OK but should probably be done in a more sophisticated way so that, linear transformations are combined at the matrix level instead of just strung together pixel-to-pixel.

Linear transformations should probably be handled with heterogeneous Hershey matrices, rather than matrix-multiply-and-add operations.


There are both operators and constructors. The constructors are all exported, all begin with ``t_'', and all return objects that are subclasses of PDL::Transform.

The apply, invert, map, and unmap methods are also exported to the PDL package: they are both Transform methods and PDL methods.


  Signature: (data(); PDL::Transform t)
  $out = $data->apply($t);
  $out = $t->apply($data);

Apply a transformation to some input coordinates.

In the example, $t is a PDL::Transform and $data is a piddle to be interpreted as a collection of N-vectors (with index in the 0th dimension). The output is a similar but transformed piddle.

For convenience, this is both a PDL method and a Transform method.


  Signature: (data(); PDL::Transform t)
  $out = $t->invert($data);
  $out = $data->invert($t);

Apply an inverse transformation to some input coordinates.

In the example, $t is a PDL::Transform and $data is a piddle to be interpreted as a collection of N-vectors (with index in the 0th dimension). The output is a similar piddle.

For convenience this is both a PDL method and a PDL::Transform method.


  Signature: (data(); PDL::Transform a; template(); \%opt)
  $output = $input->map($transform,[<template>],[<options>]);
  $output = $transform->map($input,[<template>],[<options>]);

Resample an image or N-D dataset using a coordinate transform.

The data are resampled so that the new pixel indices are proportional to the transformed coordinates rather than the original ones.

The operation uses the inverse transform: each output pixel location is inverse-transformed back to a location in the original dataset, and the value is interpolated or sampled appropriately and copied into the output domain. A variety of sampling options are available, trading off speed and mathematical correctness.

For convenience, this is both a PDL method and a PDL::Transform method.

map is FITS-aware: if there is a FITS header in the input data, then the coordinate transform acts on the scientific coordinate system rather than the pixel coordinate system.

By default, the output coordinates are separated from pixel coordinates by a single layer of indirection. You can specify the mapping between output transform (scientific) coordinates to pixel coordinates using the orange and irange options (see below), or by supplying a FITS header in the template.

If you don't specify an output transform, then the output is autoscaled: map transforms a few vectors in the forward direction to generate a mapping that will put most of the data on the image plane, for most transformations. The calculated mapping gets stuck in the output's FITS header.

You can operate in pixel space, and avoid autoscaling of the output, by setting the nofits option (see below).

The output has the same data type as the input. This is a feature, but it can lead to strange-looking banding behaviors if you use interpolation on an integer input variable.

The template can be one of:


The following options are interpreted:

b, bound, boundary, Boundary (default = 'truncate')
This is the boundary condition to be applied to the input image; it is passed verbatim to range or interpND in the sampling or interpolating stage. Other values are 'forbid','extend', and 'periodic'. You can abbreviate this to a single letter. The default 'truncate' causes the entire notional space outside the original image to be filled with 0.

p, pix, Pixel, nf, nofits, NoFITS (default = 0)
If you set this to a true value, then FITS headers and interpretation are ignored; the transformation is treated as being in raw pixel coordinates.

j, J, just, justify, Justify (default = 0)
If you set this to 1, then output pixels are autoscaled to have unit aspect ratio in the output coordinates. If you set it to a non-1 value, then it is the aspect ratio between the first dimension and all subsequent dimensions -- or, for a 2-D transformation, the scientific pixel aspect ratio. Values less than 1 shrink the scale in the first dimension compared to the other dimensions; values greater than 1 enlarge it compared to the other dimensions. (This is the same sense as in the PGPLOTinterface.)

ir, irange, input_range, Input_Range
This is a way to modify the autoscaling. It specifies the range of input scientific (not necessarily pixel) coordinates that you want to be mapped to the output image. It can be either a nested array ref or a piddle. The 0th dim (outside coordinate in the array ref) is dimension index in the data; the 1st dim should have order 2. For example, passing in either [[-1,2],[3,4]] or pdl([[-1,2],[3,4]]) limites the map to the quadrilateral in input space defined by the four points (-1,3), (-1,4), (2,4), and (2,3).

As with plain autoscaling, the quadrilateral gets sparsely sampled by the autoranger, so pathological transformations can give you strange results.

This parameter is overridden by orange, below.

or, orange, output_range, Output_Range
This sets the window of output space that is to be sampled onto the output array. It works exactly like irange, except that it specifies a quadrilateral in output space. Since the output pixel array is itself a quadrilateral, you get pretty much exactly what you asked for.

This parameter overrides irange, if both are specified.

m, method, Method
This option controls the interpolation method to be used. Interpolation greatly affects both speed and quality of output. Possible options, in order from fastest to slowest, are:

=item * s, sample (default for integers)

Pixel values in the output plane are sampled from the closest data value in the input plane. This is very fast but not very accurate for either magnification or decimation (shrinking). It is the default for templates of integer type.

e, ecc, eccentricity, Eccentricity (default=4)
This is the maximum eccentricity that is allowed for the local ellipse of transformation in the Jacobian method of interpolation. Lower numbers yield better memory efficiency and speed, at a cost of some blurring in the case of pathological transformations (that stretch much more in one direction than others).

blur, Blur
This is the half-radius of the Gaussian filter used for the ``jacobian'' method, in units of output pixels. It defaults to 0.4 pixel, which gives a good compromise between blurring (big filters) and aliasing (small filters).

big, Big
This is the largest allowable input spot size which may be mapped to a single output pixel by the ``jacobian'' method, in units of input pixels. The default is 0.2 x the largest dimension of the input array. If you need accurate photometery and your transform is really pathological, you can make this larger.

p, phot, photometry, Photometry
This lets you set the style of photometric conversion to be used in the ``jacobian'' method. You may choose:


This method of interpolation gives photometrically accurate resampling of the input data for arbitrary transformations. The Jacobian of the reverse transformation is the matrix J_ij = d X_i / d x_j, where i and j are index variables, the X_i are the input-plane coordinates, and the x_j are the output-plane coordinates. At each pixel, the code generates a linear approximation to the transformation using the local discrete Jacobian. The output pixels are treated as circles of radius 1.0, and transformed via the linear approximation to ellipses in the input plane. The singular values of the Jacobian are padded to a minimum of 1.4 pixels, ensuring that the transformed ellipses are fat enough to encounter at least one sample point in the input plane.

To avoid numerical runaway, there are some limitations on the reverse- transformed ellipses. In particular, the computational efficiency scales inversely as the ratio between the largest and smallest eigenvalues, so the ellipses are not allowed to get too eccentric. The maximum eccentricity is given in the eccentricity option, and defaults to 4.0.

A caveat about Jacobian remapping is that it assumes the transformation is continuous. Transformations that contain discontinuities will give incorrect results near the discontinuity. In particular, the 180th meridian isn't handled well in lat/lon mapping transformations (see the PDL::Transform::Cartography manpage) -- pixels along the 180th meridian get the average value of everything along the parallel occupied by the pixel. This flaw is inherent in the assumptions that underly creating a Jacobian matrix. Maybe someone will write code to work around it. Maybe that someone is you.


Jacobian tracking can be a memory hog, especially if the transformation includes very large regions outside of the original input plane. Some sort of memory guard needs to be put in place.


 Signature: (data(); PDL::Transform a; template(); \%opt)
  $out_image = $in_image->unmap($t,[<options>],[<template>]);
  $out_image = $t->unmap($in_image,[<options>],[<template>]);

Map an image or N-D dataset using the inverse as a coordinate transform.

This convenience function just inverts $t and calls map on the inverse; everything works the same otherwise. For convenience, it is both a PDL method and a PDL::Transform method.


  $t2 = t_inverse($t);
  $t2 = $t->inverse;
  $t2 = $t ** -1;
  $t2 = !$t;

Return the inverse of a PDL::Transform. This just reverses the func/inv, idim/odim, itype/otype, and iunit/ounit pairs. Note that sometimes you end up with a transform that cannot be applied or mapped, because either the mathematical inverse doesn't exist or the inverse func isn't implemented.

You can invert a transform by raising it to a negative power, or by negating it with '!'.

The inverse transform remains connected to the main transform because they both point to the original parameters hash. That turns out to be useful.


  $f2 = t_compose($f, $g,[...]);
  $f2 = $f->compose($g[,$h,$i,...]);
  $f2 = $f x $g x ...;

Function composition: f(g(x)), f(g(h(x))), ...

You can also compose transforms using the overloaded matrix-multiplication (nee repeat) operator 'x'.

This is accomplished by inserting a splicing code ref into the func and inv slots. It combines multiple compositions into a single list of transforms to be executed in order, fram last to first (in keeping with standard mathematical notation). If one of the functions is itself a composition, it is interpolated into the list rather than left separate. Ultimately, linear transformations may also be combined within the list.

No checking is done that the itype/otype and iunit/ounit fields are compatible -- that may happen later, or you can implement it yourself if you like.


  $g1fg = $f->wrap($g);
  $g1fg = t_wrap($f,$g);

Shift a transform into a different space by 'wrapping' it with a second.

This is just a convenience function for two compose calls. $a-wrap($b)> is the same as (!$b) x $a x $b: the resulting transform first hits the data with $b, then with $a, then with the inverse of $b.

For example, to shift the origin of rotation, do this:

  $im = rfits('m51.fits');
  $tf = t_fits($im);
  $tr = t_linear({rot=>30});
  $im1 = $tr->map($tr);               # Rotate around pixel origin
  $im2 = $tr->map($tr->wrap($tf));    # Rotate round FITS scientific origin


  my $xform = t_identity
  my $xform = new PDL::Transform;

Generic constructor generates the identity transform.

This constructor really is trivial -- it is mainly used by the other transform constructors. It takes no parameters and returns the identity transform.


  $f = t_lookup($lookup, {<options>});

Transform by lookup into an explicit table.

You specify an N+1-D PDL that is interpreted as an N-D lookup table of column vectors (vector index comes last). The last dimension has order equal to the output dimensionality of the transform.

For added flexibility in data space, You can specify pre-lookup linear scaling and offset of the data. Of course you can specify the interpolation method to be used. The linear scaling stuff is a little primitive; if you want more, try composing the linear transform with this one.

The prescribed values in the lookup table are treated as pixel-centered: that is, if your input array has N elements per row then valid data exist between the locations (-0.5) and (N-0.5) in lookup pixel space, because the pixels (which are numbered from 0 to N-1) are centered on their locations.

Lookup is done using interpND, so the boundary conditions and threading behaviour follow from that.

The indexed-over dimensions come first in the table, followed by a single dimension containing the column vector to be output for each set of other dimensions -- ie to output 2-vectors from 2 input parameters, each of which can range from 0 to 49, you want an index that has dimension list (50,50,2). For the identity lookup table you could use cat(xvals(50,50),yvals(50,50)).

If you want to output a single value per input vector, you still need that last index threading dimension -- if necessary, use dummy(-1,1).

The lookup index scaling is: out = lookup[ (scale * data) + offset ].

The inverse transform is calculated.

Options are listed below; there are several synonyms for each.

s, scale, Scale
(default 1.0) Specifies the linear amount of scaling to be done before lookup. You can feed in a scalar or an N-vector; other values may cause trouble. If you want to save space in your table, then specify smaller scale numbers.

o, offset, Offset
(default 0.0) Specifies the linear amount of offset before lookup. This is only a scalar, because it is intended to let you switch to corner-centered coordinates if you want to (just feed in o=-0.25).

b, bound, boundary, Boundary
Boundary condition to be fed to interpND

m, method, Method
Interpolation method to be fed to interpND


To scale logarithmically the Y axis of m51, try:

  $a = rfits('m51.fits');
  $lookup = xvals(256,256) -> cat( 10**(yvals(256,256)/100) * 256/10**2.55 );
  $t = t_lookup($lookup);
  $b = $t->map($a);

To do the same thing but with a smaller lookup table, try:

  $lookup = 16 * xvals(17,17)->cat(10**(yvals(17,17)/(100/16)) * 16/10**2.55);
  $t = t_lookup($lookup,{scale=>1/16.0});
  $b = $t->map($a);

(Notice that, although the lookup table coordinates are is divided by 16, it is a 17x17 -- so linear interpolation works right to the edge of the original domain.)


Inverses are not yet implemented -- the best way to do it might be by judicious use of map() on the forward transformation.

the type/unit fields are ignored.


$f = t_linear({options});

Heterogeneous linear coordinate transformations.

You specify the linear transformation with pre-offset, a mixing matrix, and a post-offset. That overspecifies the transformation, so you can choose your favorite method to specify the transform you want. The inverse transform is automagically generated, provided that it actually exists (the transform matrix is invertible). Otherwise, the inverse transform just croaks.

Extra dimensions in the input vector are ignored, so if you pass a 3xN vector into a 3-D linear transformation, the final dimension is passed through unchanged.

The options you can usefully pass in are:

s, scale, Scale
A scaling scalar (heh), vector, or matrix. If you specify a vector it is treated as a diagonal matrix (for convenience). It gets left-multiplied with the transformation matrix you specify (or the identity), so that if you specify both a scale and a matrix the scaling is done after the rotation or skewing or whatever.

r, rot, rota, rotation, Rotation
A rotation angle in degrees -- useful for 2-D and 3-D data only. If you pass in a scalar, it specifies a rotation from the 0th axis toward the 1st axis. If you pass in a 3-vector, it is treated as a set of Euler angles, and a rotation matrix is generated that does the following, in order:

The rotation matrix is left-multiplied with the transformation matrix you specify, so that if you specify both rotation and a general matrix the rotation happens after the more general operation -- though that is deprecated.

Of course, you can duplicate this functionality -- and get more general -- by generating your own rotation matrix and feeding it in with the matrix option.

m, matrix, Matrix
The transformation matrix. It does not even have to be square, if you want to change the dimensionality of your input. If it is invertible (note: must be square for that), then you automagically get an inverse transform too.

pre, preoffset, offset, Offset
The vector to be added to the data before they get multiplied by the matrix (equivalent of CRVAL in FITS, if you are converting from scientific to pixel units).

post, postoffset, shift, Shift
The vector to be added to the data after it gets multiplied by the matrix (equivalent of CRPIX-1 in FITS, if youre converting from scientific to pixel units).

d, dim, dims, Dims
Most of the time it is obvious how many dimensions you want to deal with: if you supply a matrix, it defines the transformation; if you input offset vectors in the pre and post options, those define the number of dimensions. But if you only supply scalars, there is no way to tell and the default number of dimensions is 2. This provides a way to do, e.g., 3-D scaling: just set {s=<scale-factor>, dims=>3}> and you are on your way.


the type/unit fields are currently ignored by t_linear.


  $f = t_scale(<scale>)

Convenience interface to t_linear.

t_scale produces a tranform that scales around the origin by a fixed amount. It acts exactly the same as t_linear(Scale=\<scale\>)>.


  $f = t_offset(<shift>)

Convenience interface to t_linear.

t_offset produces a transform that shifts the origin to a new location. It acts exactly the same as t_linear(Pre=\<shift\>)>.


  $f = t_rot(<rotation-in-degrees>)

Convenience interface to t_linear.

t_rot produces a rotation transform in 2-D (scalar), 3-D (3-vector), or N-D (matrix). It acts exactly the same as t_linear(Rot=\<shift\>)>.


  $f = t_fits($fits,[option]);

FITS pixel-to-scientific transformation with inverse

You feed in a hash ref or a PDL with one of those as a header, and you get back a transform that converts 0-originated, pixel-centered coordinates into scientific coordinates via the transformation in the FITS header. For most FITS headers, the transform is reversible, so applying the inverse goes the other way. This is just a convenience subclass of PDL::Transform::Linear, but with unit/type support using the FITS header you supply.

For now, this transform is rather limited -- it really ought to accept units differences and stuff like that, but they are just ignored for now. Probably that would require putting units into the whole transform framework.

This transform implements the linear transform part of the WCS FITS standard outlined in Greisen & Calabata 2002 (A&A in press; find it at ``http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0207407'').

As a special case, you can pass in the boolean option ``ignore_rgb'' (default 0), and if you pass in a 3-D FITS header in which the last dimension has exactly 3 elements, it will be ignored in the output transformation. That turns out to be handy for handling rgb images.


  $f = t_code(<func>,[<inv>],[options]);

Transform implementing arbitrary perl code.

This is a way of getting quick-and-dirty new transforms. You pass in anonymous (or otherwise) code refs pointing to subroutines that implement the forward and, optionally, inverse transforms. The subroutines should accept a data PDL followed by a parameter hash ref, and return the transformed data PDL. The parameter hash ref can be set via the options, if you want to.

Options that are accepted are:

The parameter hash that will be passed back to your code (defaults to the empty hash).

The name of the transform (defaults to ``code'').

i, idim (default 2)
The number of input dimensions (additional ones should be passed through unchanged)

o, odim (default 2)
The number of output dimensions

The type of the input dimensions, in an array ref (optional and advisiory)

The type of the output dimension, in an array ref (optional and advisory)

The units that are expected for the input dimensions (optional and advisory)

The units that are returned in the output (optional and advisory).

The code variables are executable perl code, either as a code ref or as a string that will be eval'ed to produce code refs. If you pass in a string, it gets eval'ed at call time to get a code ref. If it compiles OK but does not return a code ref, then it gets re-evaluated with ``sub { ... }'' wrapped around it, to get a code ref.

Note that code callbacks like this can be used to do really weird things and generate equally weird results -- caveat scriptor!



  $f = t_radial(<options>);

Convert Cartesian to radial/cylindrical coordinates. (2-D/3-D; with inverse)

Converts 2-D Cartesian to radial (theta,r) coordinates. You can choose direct or conformal conversion. Direct conversion preserves radial distance from the origin; conformal conversion preserves local angles, so that each small-enough part of the image only appears to be scaled and rotated, not stretched. Conformal conversion puts the radius on a logarithmic scale, so that scaling of the original image plane is equivalent to a simple offset of the transformed image plane.

If you use three or more dimensions, the higher dimensions are ignored, yielding a conversion from Cartesian to cylindrical coordinates, which is why there are two aliases for the same transform. If you use higher dimensionality than 2, you must manually specify the origin or you will get dimension mismatch errors when you apply the transform.

Theta runs clockwise instead of the more usual counterclockwise; that is to preserve the mirror sense of small structures.


d, direct, Direct
Generate (theta,r) coordinates out (this is the default); incompatible with Conformal. Theta is in radians, and the radial coordinate is in the units of distance in the input plane.

r0, c, conformal, Conformal
If defined, this floating-point value causes t_radial to generate (theta, ln(r/r0)) coordinates out. Theta is in radians, and the radial coordinate varies by 1 for each e-folding of the r0-scaled distance from the input origin. The logarithmic scaling is useful for viewing both large and small things at the same time, and for keeping shapes of small things preserved in the image.

o, origin, Origin [default (0,0,0)]
This is the origin of the expansion. Pass in a PDL or an array ref.

u, unit, Unit [default 'radians']
This is the angular unit to be used for the azimuth.


These examples do transformations back into the same size image as they started from; by suitable use of the ``transform'' option to unmap you can send them to any size array you like.

Examine radial structure in M51: Here, we scale the output to stretch 2*pi radians out to the full image width in the horizontal direction, and to stretch 1 radius out to a diameter in the vertical direction.

  $a = rfits('m51.fits');
  $ts = t_linear(s => [250/2.0/3.14159, 2]); # Scale to fill orig. image
  $tu = t_radial(o => [130,130]);            # Expand around galactic core
  $b = $a->map($ts x $tu);

Examine radial structure in M51 (conformal): Here, we scale the output to stretch 2*pi radians out to the full image width in the horizontal direction, and scale the vertical direction by the exact same amount to preserve conformality of the operation. Notice that each piece of the image looks ``natural'' -- only scaled and not stretched.

  $a = rfits('m51.fits')
  $ts = t_linear(s=> 250/2.0/3.14159);  # Note scalar (heh) scale.
  $tu = t_radial(o=> [130,130], r0=>5); # 5 pix. radius -> bottom of image
  $b = $ts->compose($tu)->unmap($a);


  $t = t_quadratic(<options>);

Quadratic scaling -- cylindrical pincushion (n-d; with inverse)

Quadratic scaling emulates pincushion in a cylindrical optical system: separate quadratic scaling is applied to each axis. You can apply separate distortion along any of the principal axes. If you want different axes, use wrap and t_linear to rotate them to the correct angle. The scaling options may be scalars or vectors; if they are scalars then the expansion is isotropic.

The formula for the expansion is:

    f(a) = ( <a> + <strength> * a^2/<L_0> ) / (abs(<strength>) + 1)

where <strength> is a scaling coefficient and <L_0> is a fundamental length scale. Negative values of <strength> result in a pincushion contraction.


The origin of the pincushion.

The fundamental scale of the transformation -- the radius that remains unchanged.

The relative strength of the pincushion.


    $t = t_spherical(<options>);

Convert Cartesian to spherical coordinates. (3-D; with inverse)

Convert 3-D Cartesian to spherical (theta, phi, r) coordinates. Theta is longitude, centered on 0, and phi is latitude, also centered on 0. Unless you specify Euler angles, the pole points in the +Z direction and the prime meridian is in the +X direction. The default is for theta and phi to be in radians; you can select degrees if you want them.

Just as the t_radial 2-D transform acts like a 3-D cylindrical transform by ignoring third and higher dimensions, Spherical acts like a hypercylindrical transform in four (or higher) dimensions. Also as with t_radial, you must manually specify the origin if you want to use more dimensions than 3.

To deal with latitude & longitude on the surface of a sphere (rather than full 3-D coordinates), see t_unitsphere.


o, origin, Origin [default (0,0,0)]
This is the Cartesian origin of the spherical expansion. Pass in a PDL or an array ref.

e, euler, Euler [default (0,0,0)]
This is a 3-vector containing Euler angles to change the angle of the pole and ordinate. The first two numbers are the (theta, phi) angles of the pole in a (+Z,+X) spherical expansion, and the last is the angle that the new prime meridian makes with the meridian of a simply tilted sphere. This is implemented by composing the output transform with a PDL::Transform::Linear object.

u, unit, Unit (default radians)
This option sets the angular unit to be used. Acceptable values are ``degrees'',``radians'', or reasonable substrings thereof (e.g. ``deg'', and ``rad'', but ``d'' and ``r'' are deprecated). Once genuine unit processing comes online (a la Math::Units) any angular unit should be OK.


Copyright 2002 Craig DeForest. This module may be modified and distributed under the same terms as PDL itself. The module comes with NO WARRANTY.

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