Hi,
What's the difference b/t a "density profile" or "temperature profile" etc and just a basic density graph, temperature graph, etc?
(Cosmological simulations).
Is a profile a graph over a chunk of space which is 2dimensional plus widthnottoosmall /large, whereas a graph is just a 2dimensional plot, y vs. x, say.
Is this chunk what is called a slab, in numerical simulations?
And how does a sphericallyaverage profile differ from a chunk or slab profile?
Thanks. R.Soares
The term profile is usually short for radial profile. Making a radial profile starts by choosing some point in the simulation box, then placing the grid cells into groups based on their distance away from that point. In essence, each group of cells represents a spherical shell of some thickness. Once we have the cells in groups, then we take the average of a certain quantity, say density or temperature, in each of those groups. Then, what we have is simply the average value of some quantity as a function of distance away from the central point. Examples of radial profiles made from Enzo simulation data can be seen in this paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007ApJ...654...66O (figure 4, for example).
A graph, on the other hand, isn't really anything in particular. There are many ways to visualize data from simulations, and making radial profiles is just one of them. I encourage you to check out the YT analysis toolkit (yt.enzotools.org) for various other ways of looking at your data. Different problems are better visualized in different ways. Perhaps if you explain what type of problem you're working on, we can give you some direction.
Cheers,
Britton
On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 8:46 PM, rsoares dlleuz@xmission.com wrote:
Hi,
What's the difference b/t a "density profile" or "temperature profile" etc and just a basic density graph, temperature graph, etc?
(Cosmological simulations).
Is a profile a graph over a chunk of space which is 2dimensional plus widthnottoosmall /large, whereas a graph is just a 2dimensional plot, y vs. x, say.
Is this chunk what is called a slab, in numerical simulations?
And how does a sphericallyaverage profile differ from a chunk or slab profile?
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Hi,
I'd like to echo a bit of Brian and Britton's response. In YT a 'profile' can be in multiple dimensions; it's a way of taking an Ndimensional weightedaverage of the data, after having segmented it into different bins.
For instance, in my work, I often need to examine how the molecular hydrogen fraction in gas is related to the density and temperature. So I take a weightedaverage  what in YT is called a 'phase profile'  of the gas, looking at the average H2 fraction in bins of Density and Temperature.
However, that's a means of reducing the dimensionality of the data. If you want to examine spatial information, you would usually use something like a slice (whereby you examine all of the data in an axisparallel fashion at a given point along the axis) or a projection (where the data is summed along a given axis, or a weightedaverage along a given axis is taken.)
Again, though, if you tell us a bit about the question you're trying to answer, we can possibly respond with more meaningful information about ways of approaching that question.
Best wishes,
Matt
On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 5:51 PM, Brian O'Shea bwoshea@gmail.com wrote:
The term profile is usually short for radial profile. Making a radial profile starts by choosing some point in the simulation box, then placing the grid cells into groups based on their distance away from that point. In essence, each group of cells represents a spherical shell of some thickness. Once we have the cells in groups, then we take the average of a certain quantity, say density or temperature, in each of those groups. Then, what we have is simply the average value of some quantity as a function of distance away from the central point. Examples of radial profiles made from Enzo simulation data can be seen in this paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007ApJ...654...66O (figure 4, for example).
A graph, on the other hand, isn't really anything in particular. There are many ways to visualize data from simulations, and making radial profiles is just one of them. I encourage you to check out the YT analysis toolkit (yt.enzotools.org) for various other ways of looking at your data. Different problems are better visualized in different ways. Perhaps if you explain what type of problem you're working on, we can give you some direction.
Cheers,
Britton
On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 8:46 PM, rsoares dlleuz@xmission.com wrote:
Hi,
What's the difference b/t a "density profile" or "temperature profile" etc and just a basic density graph, temperature graph, etc?
(Cosmological simulations).
Is a profile a graph over a chunk of space which is 2dimensional plus widthnottoosmall /large, whereas a graph is just a 2dimensional plot, y vs. x, say.
Is this chunk what is called a slab, in numerical simulations?
And how does a sphericallyaverage profile differ from a chunk or slab profile?
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