[AstroPy] Interested in a wavelet toolbox?

Aldcroft, Thomas aldcroft at head.cfa.harvard.edu
Thu Apr 2 15:43:47 EDT 2015

Hi Amara,

Though I'm not officially speaking for the Astropy project, I would say
that a wavelets package like you are proposing would be a highly valued
addition to the Astropy analysis environment.  From personal experience the
primary source detection algorithm for Chandra X-ray sources is based on
wavelets and this has been quite successful.

The normal starting point for a project like this would be as an Astropy
affiliated package [1, 2].  An affiliated package is an astronomy-related
Python package that is not part of the astropy core package, but has
requested to be included as part of the Astropy project’s community. These
packages are expressing an interest in Astropy’s goals of improving reuse,
interoperability, and interface standards for python astronomy and
astrophysics packages.  As a package matures it could be considered for
inclusion in the core astropy package.

The question of continued maintenance after the primary development funding
dries up also points to becoming part of the Astropy and open-source
development community from the start.  A key element here is doing
development on Github right away rather than waiting until it is fully
written and tested.  While there are no guarantees, if a project is useful
enough to engage other members of community then that provides hope for
on-going maintenance.


[1]: http://docs.astropy.org/en/stable/overview.html#affiliated-packages
[2]: http://www.astropy.org/affiliated/index.html

On Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 2:47 PM, Amara Graps <amara at konteur.com> wrote:

> Greetings astropy-ers,
> I'm proposing the development of a wavelet library in Python to a
> (European Commission) funding agency and I'll need beta testing
> of some parts. I think it would be especially great to have the
> library be incorporated into AstroPy after it's written and tested
> because the funds for maintenance would end when the project ends..
> yet astronomers continue to love wavelets.
> Some large part of my Python wavelet library would be built upon this
> well-established (general purpose) Matlab toolbox:
> http://statweb.stanford.edu/~wavelab/Wavelab_850/index_wavelab850.html
> Does this sound useful and interesting to this group? If it does, please
> reply to graps at psi.edu. I'm gathering documentation of the AstroPy user
> community's interest and my testing and maintenance methodology in order
> to help the project get funded.
> Thanks very much in advance!
> Sincerely,
> Amara
> Amara Graps, PhD
> Lead Researcher,  University of Latvia
> Astronomijas institūts, Raiņa bulvāris 19, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
> amara at lu.lv  +371 / 28853907
> and
> Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute (PSI, USA),
> Aleksandra Caka iela, 96-31,
> Riga, Latvia LV-1011
> http://www.psi.edu/about/staff/graps/graps.html
> graps at psi.edu  +1 / 644-6250
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