Next Previous Up Contents
Next: Output Rows Selector Box
Up: Match Windows
Previous: Tuning

A.8.2 Pair Match Window

Pair Match Window

Pair Match Window

The Pair Match Window allows you to join two tables together side-by-side, aligning rows by matching values in some of their columns between the tables. It can be obtained using the Pair Match () button in the Control Window toolbar or Joins menu.

In a typical scenario you might have two tables each representing a catalogue of astronomical objects, and you want a third table with one row for each object which has an entry in both of the original tables. An object is defined as being the same one in both tables if the co-ordinates in both rows are "similar", for instance if the difference between the positions indicated by RA and Dec columns differ by no more than a specified angle on the sky. Matching rows to produce the join requires you to specify the criteria for rows in both tables to refer to the same object and what to do when one is found - the options are discussed in more detail in Section 5.2.

The result is created from the Apparent versions of the tables being joined, so that any row subsets, hidden columns, or sorts currently in force will be reflected in the output. Progress information on the match, which may take a little while, is provided in the logging window and by a progress bar at the bottom of the window. When it is completed, you will be informed by a popup window which indicates that a new table has been created. This table will be added to the list in the Control Window and can be examined, manipulated and saved like any other. In some cases, some additional columns will be added to the output table which give you more information about how it has progressed (see Appendix A.8.2.1.

The Match Window provides a set of controls which allow you to choose how the match is done and what the results will look like. It consists of these main parts:

Match Criteria box
Allows you to define what counts as a match between two rows.
Column Selection boxes
Allows you to select which tables are to be joined and which columns in them supply the matching coordinates.
Output Rows selector
Allows selection of which rows are to be included in the output table (for instance whether only those rows matching in both tables should be output or not).
Log window
Reports on progress as the match is taking place. The progress bar at the bottom of the window also provides an indication of how far through each stage processing has got.
Control buttons
The Go button starts the search when you are happy with the selections that you have made, and the Stop button interrupts it midway if you decide you no longer want the results (closing the Match Window also interrupts the calculation).

For information on the Tuning Parameters () and Full Profiling () toolbar buttons, see Appendix A.8.1.3.


Next Previous Up Contents
Next: Output Rows Selector Box
Up: Match Windows
Previous: Tuning

TOPCAT - Tool for OPerations on Catalogues And Tables
Starlink User Note253
TOPCAT web page: http://www.starlink.ac.uk/topcat/
Author email: m.b.taylor@bristol.ac.uk
Mailing list: topcat-user@jiscmail.ac.uk