# NDData¶

## Overview¶

`NDData`

is based on `numpy.ndarray`

-like `data`

with
additional meta attributes:

`meta`

for general metadata`unit`

represents the physical unit of the data`uncertainty`

for the uncertainty of the data`mask`

indicates invalid points in the data`wcs`

represents the relationship between the data grid and world coordinates

Each of these attributes can be set during initialization or directly on the
instance. Only the `data`

cannot be directly set after creating the instance.

## Data¶

The data is the base of `NDData`

and is required to be
`numpy.ndarray`

-like. It is the only property that is required to create an
instance and it cannot be directly set on the instance.

### Example¶

To create an instance:

```
>>> import numpy as np
>>> from astropy.nddata import NDData
>>> array = np.array([[0, 1, 0], [1, 0, 1], [0, 1, 0]])
>>> ndd = NDData(array)
>>> ndd
NDData([[0, 1, 0],
[1, 0, 1],
[0, 1, 0]])
```

And access by the `data`

attribute:

```
>>> ndd.data
array([[0, 1, 0],
[1, 0, 1],
[0, 1, 0]])
```

As already mentioned, it is not possible to set the data directly. So
`ndd.data = np.arange(9)`

will raise an exception. But the data can be
modified in place:

```
>>> ndd.data[1,1] = 100
>>> ndd.data
array([[ 0, 1, 0],
[ 1, 100, 1],
[ 0, 1, 0]])
```

### Data During Initialization¶

During initialization it is possible to provide data that is not a
`numpy.ndarray`

but convertible to one.

#### Examples¶

To provide data that is convertible to a `numpy.ndarray`

, you can pass a `list`

containing numerical values:

```
>>> alist = [1, 2, 3, 4]
>>> ndd = NDData(alist)
>>> ndd.data # data will be a numpy-array:
array([1, 2, 3, 4])
```

A nested `list`

or `tuple`

is possible, but if these contain non-numerical
values the conversion might fail.

Besides input that is convertible to such an array, you can also use the
`data`

parameter to pass implicit additional information. For example, if the
data is another `NDData`

object it implicitly uses its
properties:

```
>>> ndd = NDData(ndd, unit = 'm')
>>> ndd2 = NDData(ndd)
>>> ndd2.data # It has the same data as ndd
array([1, 2, 3, 4])
>>> ndd2.unit # but it also has the same unit as ndd
Unit("m")
```

Another possibility is to use a `Quantity`

as a `data`

parameter:

```
>>> import astropy.units as u
>>> quantity = np.ones(3) * u.cm # this will create a Quantity
>>> ndd3 = NDData(quantity)
>>> ndd3.data
array([1., 1., 1.])
>>> ndd3.unit
Unit("cm")
```

Or a `numpy.ma.MaskedArray`

:

```
>>> masked_array = np.ma.array([5,10,15], mask=[False, True, False])
>>> ndd4 = NDData(masked_array)
>>> ndd4.data
array([ 5, 10, 15])
>>> ndd4.mask
array([False, True, False]...)
```

If such an implicitly passed property conflicts with an explicit parameter, the explicit parameter will be used and an info message will be issued:

```
>>> quantity = np.ones(3) * u.cm
>>> ndd6 = NDData(quantity, unit='m')
INFO: overwriting Quantity's current unit with specified unit. [astropy.nddata.nddata]
>>> ndd6.data
array([1., 1., 1.])
>>> ndd6.unit
Unit("m")
```

The unit of the `Quantity`

is being ignored and the unit is set
to the explicitly passed one.

It might be possible to pass other classes as a `data`

parameter as long as
they have the properties `shape`

, `dtype`

, `__getitem__`

, and
`__array__`

.

The purpose of this mechanism is to allow considerable flexibility in the
objects used to store the data while providing a useful default (`numpy`

array).

## Mask¶

The `mask`

is being used to indicate if data points are valid or invalid.
`NDData`

does not restrict this mask in any way but it is
expected to follow the `numpy.ma.MaskedArray`

convention in that the mask:

Returns

`True`

for data points that are considered**invalid**.Returns

`False`

for those points that are**valid**.

### Examples¶

One possibility is to create a mask by using `numpy`

’s comparison operators:

```
>>> array = np.array([0, 1, 4, 0, 2])
>>> mask = array == 0 # Mask points containing 0
>>> mask
array([ True, False, False, True, False]...)
>>> other_mask = array > 1 # Mask points with a value greater than 1
>>> other_mask
array([False, False, True, False, True]...)
```

And initialize the `NDData`

instance using the `mask`

parameter:

```
>>> ndd = NDData(array, mask=mask)
>>> ndd.mask
array([ True, False, False, True, False]...)
```

Or by replacing the mask:

```
>>> ndd.mask = other_mask
>>> ndd.mask
array([False, False, True, False, True]...)
```

There is no requirement that the mask actually be a `numpy`

array; for
example, a function which evaluates a mask value as needed is acceptable as
long as it follows the convention that `True`

indicates a value that should
be ignored.

## Unit¶

The `unit`

represents the unit of the data values. It is required to be
`Unit`

-like or a string that can be converted to such a
`Unit`

:

```
>>> import astropy.units as u
>>> ndd = NDData([1, 2, 3, 4], unit="meter") # using a string
>>> ndd.unit
Unit("m")
```

- ..note::
Setting the

`unit`

on an instance is not possible.

## Uncertainties¶

The `uncertainty`

represents an arbitrary representation of the error of the
data values. To indicate which kind of uncertainty representation is used, the
`uncertainty`

should have an `uncertainty_type`

property. If no such
property is found it will be wrapped inside a
`UnknownUncertainty`

.

The `uncertainty_type`

should follow the `StdDevUncertainty`

convention in that it returns a short string like `"std"`

for an uncertainty
given in standard deviation. Other examples are
`VarianceUncertainty`

and `InverseVariance`

.

### Examples¶

Like the other properties the `uncertainty`

can be set during
initialization:

```
>>> from astropy.nddata import StdDevUncertainty
>>> array = np.array([10, 7, 12, 22])
>>> uncert = StdDevUncertainty(np.sqrt(array))
>>> ndd = NDData(array, uncertainty=uncert)
>>> ndd.uncertainty
StdDevUncertainty([3.16227766, 2.64575131, 3.46410162, 4.69041576])
```

Or on the instance directly:

```
>>> other_uncert = StdDevUncertainty([2,2,2,2])
>>> ndd.uncertainty = other_uncert
>>> ndd.uncertainty
StdDevUncertainty([2, 2, 2, 2])
```

But it will print an info message if there is no `uncertainty_type`

:

```
>>> ndd.uncertainty = np.array([5, 1, 2, 10])
INFO: uncertainty should have attribute uncertainty_type. [astropy.nddata.nddata]
>>> ndd.uncertainty
UnknownUncertainty([ 5, 1, 2, 10])
```

## Metadata¶

The `meta`

property contains all further meta information that does not fit
any other property.

### Examples¶

If the `meta`

property is given it must be `dict`

-like:

```
>>> ndd = NDData([1,2,3], meta={'observer': 'myself'})
>>> ndd.meta
{'observer': 'myself'}
```

`dict`

-like means it must be a mapping from some keys to some values. This
also includes `Header`

objects:

```
>>> from astropy.io import fits
>>> header = fits.Header()
>>> header['observer'] = 'Edwin Hubble'
>>> ndd = NDData(np.zeros([10, 10]), meta=header)
>>> ndd.meta['observer']
'Edwin Hubble'
```

If the `meta`

property is not provided or explicitly set to `None`

, it will
default to an empty `collections.OrderedDict`

:

```
>>> ndd.meta = None
>>> ndd.meta
OrderedDict()
>>> ndd = NDData([1,2,3])
>>> ndd.meta
OrderedDict()
```

The `meta`

object therefore supports adding or updating these values:

```
>>> ndd.meta['exposure_time'] = 340.
>>> ndd.meta['filter'] = 'J'
```

Elements of the metadata dictionary can be set to any valid Python object:

```
>>> ndd.meta['history'] = ['calibrated', 'aligned', 'flat-fielded']
```

## Initialization with Copy¶

The default way to create an `NDData`

instance is to try saving
the parameters as references to the original rather than as copy. Sometimes
this is not possible because the internal mechanics do not allow for this.

### Examples¶

If the `data`

is a `list`

then during initialization this is copied
while converting to a `ndarray`

. But it is also possible to enforce
copies during initialization by setting the `copy`

parameter to `True`

:

```
>>> array = np.array([1, 2, 3, 4])
>>> ndd = NDData(array)
>>> ndd.data[2] = 10
>>> array[2] # Original array has changed
10
>>> ndd2 = NDData(array, copy=True)
>>> ndd2.data[2] = 3
>>> array[2] # Original array hasn't changed.
10
```

## Converting NDData to Other Classes¶

There is limited support to convert a `NDData`

instance to
other classes. In the process some properties might be lost.

```
>>> data = np.array([1, 2, 3, 4])
>>> mask = np.array([True, False, False, True])
>>> unit = 'm'
>>> ndd = NDData(data, mask=mask, unit=unit)
```

`numpy.ndarray`

¶

Converting the `data`

to an array:

```
>>> array = np.asarray(ndd.data)
>>> array
array([1, 2, 3, 4])
```

Though using `np.asarray`

is not required, in most cases it will ensure that
the result is always a `numpy.ndarray`

`numpy.ma.MaskedArray`

¶

Converting the `data`

and `mask`

to a MaskedArray:

```
>>> masked_array = np.ma.array(ndd.data, mask=ndd.mask)
>>> masked_array
masked_array(data=[--, 2, 3, --],
mask=[ True, False, False, True],
fill_value=999999)
```