tkp.sourcefinder.fitting – Source fitting routines

Source fitting routines.

tkp.sourcefinder.fitting.fitgaussian(pixels, params, fixed=None, maxfev=0)[source]

Calculate source positional values by fitting a 2D Gaussian

  • pixels ( – Pixel values (with bad pixels masked)
  • params (dict) – initial fit parameters (possibly estimated using the moments() function, above)


fixed (dict): parameters & their values to be kept frozen (ie, not

maxfev (int): maximum number of calls to the error function

Returns:peak, total, x barycenter, y barycenter, semimajor, semiminor, theta (radians)
Return type:(dict)
Raises:ValueError (in case of a bad fit)

Perform a least squares fit to an elliptical Gaussian.

If a dict called fixed is passed in, then parameters specified within the dict with the same names as fit_params (below) will be “locked” in the fitting process.

tkp.sourcefinder.fitting.moments(data, beam, threshold=0)[source]

Calculate source positional values using moments

  • data (numpy.ndarray) – Actual 2D image data
  • beam (3-tuple) – beam (psf) information, with semi-major and semi-minor axes

peak, total, x barycenter, y barycenter, semimajor axis, semiminor axis, theta

Return type:



ValueError (in case of NaN in input)

Use the first moment of the distribution is the barycenter of an ellipse. The second moments are used to estimate the rotation angle and the length of the axes.