Plot Tool for AlignmentDB

The tool is a python script located in Alignment/Escher/scripts. The relevant commit is tagged as nchiapol_20100618.

The command line to run the tool:

python -i

By default the tool uses CondDB and DDDB with tag head-20100518 and creates some simple plots for TT. These plots are saved to pdf-Files. The tool provides two command line options. -t to change the filetype and -d to add database layers. The class definitions for this tool are all in I recommend to have a look at that file.

Types of plots

There are two types of plots
  • normal plots (class Plot)
  • arrow plots (class ArrowPlot) displaying an arrow between the nominal position and the aligned position.

Adjusting plots

Plots can be added or adjusted directly in the code in Alignment/Escher/scripts/ The file contains a large number of predefined plots you can copy and paste into Plots are represented either by instances of the class Plot or by instances of the class ArrowPlot:

two examples

ArrowPlot("VeLo-ZXarr",".*",lambda do:[do.Z,do.Z+10*do.TZ,do.X,do.X+10*do.TX],lambda do:do.Z<500)
Plot("TT-ZtX","/TT(?!T)(?!.*Sensor.*)",lambda do:[do.Z,do.TX])
  • The first argument is the name and will be the base name of the saved file.
  • The second object is a regular expression to select the objects to plot.
  • The third argument is a function taking an object of type ElementGeometry and returning two respectively four numbers. All members of ElementGeometry can be used as return values.
Any function can fulfilling these requirements can be used. For simple things lambda forms (see below) are very useful. For examples look at and the class PlotFunctions in
  • The fourth argument is optional and allows to select spacial regions to plot. Its again a function taking an instance of ElementGeometry and returning a bool this time.

When a Plot (or Arrow Plot) object is appended to plots the script will assure its correctly filled and the output is saved. Different plots can be combined by using the function drawCombinedPlot. An example of how to use it can be found in the code as well.

lambda forms

Lambda forms are a shorthand to create anonymous functions. The following two lines create an identical function f(x)
>>> # using lambda forms
>>> f = lambda x:x+1

>>> # using normal functions
>>> def f(x): return x+1
The python reference for lambda forms can be found at:

-- AlbertBursche - 27-May-2010 -- NicolaChiapolini - 18-Jun-2010

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