|Screenshots of TOPCAT|
Screenshots of TOPCAT
|Original author(s)||Mark Taylor|
|Initial release||4 June 2003|
4.6-2 / 18 November 2018
|Included with||Debian Astro|
|Type||Graph plotting software|
|License||GPL / LGPL|
|Website||Lua error in Module:Official_website at line 90: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).|
|As of||6 May 2019|
TOPCAT is an interactive graphical viewer and editor for tabular data. It is open-source software, originally written and still maintained by Mark Taylor, an astrophysicist from Bristol University. Although a general purpose tool capable of handling large datasets its specialist application area is astronomy where it can utilitise data stored in the FITS digital file format.
History[edit | edit source]
The project was initially developed in 2003 with funding from the Starlink Project and been funded by various others projects since. The Acronym TOPCAT derives from Tool for OPerations on Catalogues And Tables.
Features[edit | edit source]
While TOPCAT is unable to visualise catalogues as a set of vectors it does have capabilities to explore correlations in two and three dimiesional scatter plots.
Uses[edit | edit source]
Applications using TOPCAT include MultiDark, a database for results from cosmological simulations.
Alternatives[edit | edit source]
Muna, in his 2016 paper "Introducing Nightlight: A New FITS Viewer", observes that SAOImage DS9, TOPCAT and fv are the most common tools used to view FITS files.
Related software[edit | edit source]
The STILTS application complements TOPCAT with similar capabilities but is considered a steeper learning curve however STILTS does have the advantage of being able to be scripted.
References[edit | edit source]
- "C.2 Version History". TOPCAT. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- Taylor, Mark (27 June 2017). "TOPCAT: Desktop Exploration of Tabular Data for Astronomy and Beyond". Informatics. MDPI. 4 (3): 18. doi:10.3390/informatics4030018.
- Comparato, M.; Becciani, U.; Costa, A.; Larsson, B.; Garilli, B.; Gheller, C.; Taylor, J. (August 2007). "Visualization, Exploration, and Data Analysis of Complex Astrophysical Data". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 119 (858): 898–913. arXiv:0707.2474. Bibcode:2007PASP..119..898C. doi:10.1086/521375. JSTOR 10.1086/521375.
- "C.1 Acknowledgements". TOPCAT. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- "TOPCAT". TOPCAT. Archived from the original on 10 January 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- Taylor, Mark. "TOPCAT Tutorial" (PDF). German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- "Gaia-ESO Survey Archive". Cambridge Astronomy Survey Unit. 1. TOPCAT. Archived from the original on 20 October 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- Parsons, H. A. L.; Berry, D. S.; Rawlings, M. G.; Graves, S. F. (21 February 2018). "The POL-2 Data Reduction Cookbook 1.0" (PDF). East Asian Observatory. 5.3 TOPCAT. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 May 2019.
- Partl, Adrian M. (2012). "Data Mining of the MultiDark Simulation". In Sarro L., Eyer L., O'Mullane W., De Ridder J. Astrostatistics and Data Mining. Springer Series in Astrostatistics. 2. Springer, New York, NY. pp. 209–211. Bibcode:2012adm..book..209P. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-3323-1_21. ISBN 9781461433231 – via Google Books.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
- Muna, Demitri (17 April 2017). "Introducing Nightlight: A New FITS Viewer". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 129 (975): 058003. Bibcode:2017PASP..129e8003M. doi:10.1088/1538-3873/129/975/058003. 1. Motivation.
- Solano, E. (December 2017). "Advanced TOPCAT-STILTS" (PDF). Spanish Virtual Observatory. p. 2. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 May 2019.
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