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When the dataset’s type and other information are already known, any programming language (including C) provides some very good tools for various operations (including arithmetic operations like addition) on the dataset with a simple loop. However, as an author of a program, making assumptions about the type of data, its dimensions and other basic characteristics will come with a large processing burden.

for example, if you always read your data as double precision floating points for a simple operation like addition with an integer constant, you will be wasting a lot of CPU and memory when the input dataset is `int32`

type for example, (see Numeric data types).
This overhead may be small for small images, but as you scale your process up and work with hundred/thousands of files that can be very large, this overhead will take a significant portion of the processing power.
The functions and macros in this section are designed precisely for this purpose: to allow you to do any of the defined operations on any dataset with no overhead (in the native type of the dataset).

Gnuastro’s Arithmetic program uses the functions and macros of this section, so please also have a look at the Arithmetic program and in particular Arithmetic operators for a better description of the operators discussed here.

The main function of this library is `gal_arithmetic`

that is described below.
It can take an arbitrary number of arguments as operands (depending on the operator, similar to `printf`

).
Its first two arguments are integers specifying the flags and operator.
So first we will review the constants for the recognized flags and operators and discuss them, then introduce the actual function.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_INPLACE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_FREE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_NUMOK**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_ENVSEED**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_QUIET**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAGS_BASIC**¶ -
Bit-wise flags to pass onto

`gal_arithmetic`

(see below). To pass multiple flags, use the bitwise-or operator. for example, if you pass`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_INPLACE | GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_NUMOK`

, then the operation will be done in-place (without allocating a new array), and a single number will also be acceptable (that will be applied to all the pixels). Each flag is described below:`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_INPLACE`

Do the operation in-place (in the input dataset, thus modifying it) to improve CPU and memory usage. If this flag is used, after

`gal_arithmetic`

finishes, the input dataset will be modified. It is thus useful if you have no more need for the input after the operation.`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_FREE`

Free (all the) input dataset(s) after the operation is done. Hence the inputs are no longer usable after

`gal_arithmetic`

.`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_NUMOK`

It is acceptable to use a number and an array together. for example, if you want to add all the pixels in an image with a single number you can pass this flag to avoid having to allocate a constant array the size of the image (with all the pixels having the same number).

`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_ENVSEED`

Use the pre-defined environment variable for setting the random number generator seed when an operator needs it (for example,

`mknoise-sigma`

). For more on random number generation in Gnuastro see Generating random numbers.`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_QUIET`

Do Not print any warnings or messages for operators that may benefit from it. for example, by default the

`mknoise-sigma`

operator prints the random number generator function and seed that it used (in case the user wants to reproduce this result later). By activating this bit flag to the call, that extra information is not printed on the command-line.`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAGS_BASIC`

A wrapper for activating the three “basic” operations that are commonly necessary together:

`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_INPLACE`

,`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_FREE`

and`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_NUMOK`

.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_PLUS**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MINUS**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MULTIPLY**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_DIVIDE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_LT**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_LE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_GT**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_GE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_EQ**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_NE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_AND**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_OR**¶ Binary operators (requiring two operands) that accept datasets of any recognized type (see Numeric data types). When

`gal_arithmetic`

is called with any of these operators, it expects two datasets as arguments. For a full description of these operators with the same name, see Arithmetic operators. The first dataset/operand will be put on the left of the operator and the second will be put on the right. The output type of the first four is determined from the input types (largest type of the inputs). The rest (which are all conditional operators) will output a binary`uint8_t`

(or`unsigned char`

) dataset with values of either`0`

(zero) or`1`

(one).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_NOT**¶ The logical NOT operator. When

`gal_arithmetic`

is called with this operator, it only expects one operand (dataset), since this is a unary operator. The output is`uint8_t`

(or`unsigned char`

) dataset of the same size as the input. Any non-zero element in the input will be`0`

(zero) in the output and any`0`

(zero) will have a value of`1`

(one).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_ISBLANK**¶ A unary operator with output that is

`1`

for any element in the input that is blank, and`0`

for any non-blank element. When`gal_arithmetic`

is called with this operator, it will only expect one input dataset. The output dataset will have`uint8_t`

(or`unsigned char`

) type.`gal_arithmetic`

with this operator is just a wrapper for the`gal_blank_flag`

function of Library blank values (`blank.h`) and this operator is just included for completeness in arithmetic operations. So in your program, it might be easier to just call`gal_blank_flag`

.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_WHERE**¶ The three-operand

*where*operator thoroughly discussed in Arithmetic operators. When`gal_arithmetic`

is called with this operator, it will only expect three input datasets: the first (which is the same as the returned dataset) is the array that will be modified. The second is the condition dataset (that must have a`uint8_t`

or`unsigned char`

type), and the third is the value to be used if condition is non-zero.As a result, note that the order of operands when calling

`gal_arithmetic`

with`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_WHERE`

is the opposite of running Gnuastro’s Arithmetic program with the`where`

operator (see Arithmetic). This is because the latter uses the reverse-Polish notation which is not necessary when calling a function (see Reverse polish notation).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SQRT**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_LOG**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_LOG10**¶ Unary operator functions for calculating the square root (\(\sqrt{i}\)), \(ln(i)\) and \(log(i)\) mathematical operators on each element of the input dataset. The returned dataset will have a floating point type, but its precision is determined from the input: if the input is a 64-bit floating point, the output will also be 64-bit. Otherwise, the returned dataset will be 32-bit floating point: you do not gain precision by using these operators, but you gain in operating speed if you use the sufficient precision. See Numeric data types for more on the precision of floating point numbers to help in selecting your required floating point precision.

If you want your output to be 64-bit floating point but your input is a different type, you can convert the input to a 64-bit floating point type with

`gal_data_copy_to_new_type`

or`gal_data_copy_to_new_type_free`

(see Copying datasets). Alternatively, you can use the`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_FLOAT64`

operators in the arithmetic library.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SIN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_COS**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TAN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_ASIN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_ACOS**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_ATAN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_ATAN2**¶ Trigonometric functions (and their inverse). All the angles, either inputs or outputs, are in units of degrees.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SINH**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_COSH**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TANH**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_ASINH**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_ACOSH**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_ATANH**¶ Hyperbolic functions (and their inverse).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_RA_TO_DEGREE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_DEC_TO_DEGREE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_DEGREE_TO_RA**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_DEGREE_TO_DEC**¶ -
Unary operators to convert between degrees (as a single floating point number) to the sexagesimal Right Ascension and Declination format (as strings, respectively in the format of

`_h_m_s`

and`_d_m_s`

). The first two operators expect a string operand (in the sexagesimal formats mentioned above, but also in the`_:_:_`

) and will return a double-precision floating point operand. The latter two are the opposite.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_COUNTS_TO_MAG**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MAG_TO_COUNTS**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MAG_TO_SB**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SB_TO_MAG**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_COUNTS_TO_JY**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_JY_TO_COUNTS**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MAG_TO_JY**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_JY_TO_MAG**¶ -
Binary operators for converting brightness and surface brightness units to and from each other. The first operand to all of them are the values in the respective input unit. The second popped operand is the zero point, except for the operators that involve surface brightness (those with

`SB`

). For the surface brightness related operators, the second popped operand is the area in units of arcsec\(^2\).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_COUNTS_TO_SB**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SB_TO_COUNTS**¶ Operators for converting counts to surface brightness and vice-versa. These operators take three operands: 1) the input dataset in units of counts or surface brightness (depending on the operator), 2) the zero point, 3) the area in units of arcsec\(^2\).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_AU_TO_PC**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_PC_TO_AU**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_LY_TO_PC**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_PC_TO_LY**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_LY_TO_AU**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_AU_TO_LY**¶ Unary operators to convert various distance units to and from each other: Astronomical Units (AU), Parsecs (PC) and Light years (LY).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MINVAL**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MAXVAL**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_NUMBERVAL**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SUMVAL**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MEANVAL**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_STDVAL**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MEDIANVAL**¶ Unary operand statistical operators that will return a single value for datasets of any size. These are just wrappers around similar functions in Statistical operations (

`statistics.h`) and are included in`gal_arithmetic`

only for completeness (to use easily in Arithmetic). In your programs, it will probably be easier if you use those`gal_statistics_`

functions directly.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_UNIQUE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_NOBLANK**¶ Unary operands that will remove some elements from the input dataset. The first will return the unique elements, and the second will return the non-blank elements. Due to the removal of elements, the dimensionality of the output will be lost.

These are just wrappers over the

`gal_statistics_unique`

and`gal_blank_remove`

. These are just wrappers around similar functions in Statistical operations (`statistics.h`) and are included in`gal_arithmetic`

only for completeness (to use easily in Arithmetic). In your programs, it will probably be easier if you use those`gal_statistics_`

functions directly.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_ABS**¶ Unary operand absolute-value operator.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MIN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MAX**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_NUMBER**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SUM**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MEAN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_STD**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MEDIAN**¶ Multi-operand statistical operations. When

`gal_arithmetic`

is called with any of these operators, it will expect only a single operand that will be interpreted as a list of datasets (see List of`gal_data_t`

). These operators can work on multiple threads using the`numthreads`

argument. See the discussion under the`min`

operator in Arithmetic operators.The output will be a single dataset with each of its elements replaced by the respective statistical operation on the whole list. The type of the output is determined from the operator (irrespective of the input type): for

`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MIN`

and`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MAX`

, it will be the same type as the input, for`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_NUMBER`

, the output will be`GAL_TYPE_UINT32`

and for the rest, it will be`GAL_TYPE_FLOAT32`

.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_QUANTILE**¶ Similar to the operands above (including

`GAL_ARITHMETIC_MIN`

), except that when`gal_arithmetic`

is called with these operators, it requires two arguments. The first is the list of datasets like before, and the second is the 1-element dataset with the quantile value. The output type is the same as the inputs.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SIGCLIP_STD**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SIGCLIP_MEAN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SIGCLIP_MEDIAN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SIGCLIP_NUMBER**¶ Similar to the operands above (including

`GAL_ARITHMETIC_MIN`

), except that when`gal_arithmetic`

is called with these operators, it requires two arguments. The first is the list of datasets like before, and the second is the 2-element list of \(\sigma\)-clipping parameters. The first element in the parameters list is the multiple of sigma and the second is the termination criteria (see Sigma clipping). The output type of`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SIGCLIP_NUMBER`

will be`GAL_TYPE_UINT32`

and for the rest it will be`GAL_TYPE_FLOAT32`

.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MKNOISE_SIGMA**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MKNOISE_POISSON**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MKNOISE_UNIFORM**¶ Add noise to the input dataset. These operators take two arguments: the first is the input data set (can have any dimensionality or number of elements. The second argument is the noise specifier (a single element, of any type): for a fixed-sigma noise, it is the Gaussian standard deviation, for the Poisson noise, it is the background (see Photon counting noise) and for the uniform distribution it is the width of the interval around each element of the input dataset.

By default, a separate random number generator seed will be used on each separate run of these operators. Therefore two identical runs on the same input will produce different results. You can get reproducible results by setting the

`GAL_RNG_SEED`

environment variable and activating the`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_ENVSEED`

flag. For more on random number generation in Gnuastro, see Generating random numbers.By default these operators will print the random number generator function and seed (in case the user wants to reproduce the result later), but this can be disabled by activating the bit-flag

`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_QUIET`

described above.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_RANDOM_FROM_HIST**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_RANDOM_FROM_HIST_RAW**¶ Select random values from a custom distribution (defined by a histogram). For more, see the description of the respective operators in Generating random numbers.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_SIZE**¶ Size operator that will return a single value for datasets of any kind. When

`gal_arithmetic`

is called with this operator, it requires two arguments. The first is the dataset, and the second is a single integer value. The output type is a single integer.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_STITCH**¶ Stitch a list of input datasets along the requested dimension. See the description of the

`stitch`

operator in Arithmetic (Dimensionality changing operators).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_POW**¶ Binary operator to-power operator. When

`gal_arithmetic`

is called with any of these operators, it will expect two operands: raising the first by the second (returning a floating point, inputs can be integers).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_BITAND**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_BITOR**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_BITXOR**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_BITLSH**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_BITRSH**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MODULO**¶ Binary integer-only operand operators. These operators are only defined on integer data types. When

`gal_arithmetic`

is called with any of these operators, it will expect two operands: the first is put on the left of the operator and the second on the right. The ones starting with`BIT`

are the respective bit-wise operators in C and`MODULO`

is the modulo/remainder operator. For a discussion on these operators, please see Arithmetic operators.The output type is determined from the input types and C’s internal conversions: it is strongly recommended that both inputs have the same type (any integer type), otherwise the bit-wise behavior will be determined by your compiler.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_BITNOT**¶ The unary bit-wise NOT operator. When

`gal_arithmetic`

is called with any of these operators, it will expect one operand of an integer type and preform the bitwise-NOT operation on it. The output will have the same type as the input.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_UINT8**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_INT8**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_UINT16**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_INT16**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_UINT32**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_INT32**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_UINT64**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_INT64**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_FLOAT32**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_TO_FLOAT64**¶ Unary type-conversion operators. When

`gal_arithmetic`

is called with any of these operators, it will expect one operand and convert it to the requested type. Note that with these operators,`gal_arithmetic`

is just a wrapper over the`gal_data_copy_to_new_type`

or`gal_data_copy_to_new_type_free`

that are discussed in`Copying datasets`

. It accepts these operators only for completeness and easy usage in Arithmetic. So in your programs, it might be preferable to directly use those functions.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_E**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_C**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_G**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_H**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_AU**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_LY**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_PI**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_AVOGADRO**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_FINESTRUCTURE**¶ -
Return the respective mathematical constant. For their description please see Constants. The constant values are taken from the GNU Scientific Library’s headers (defined in

`gsl/gsl_math.h`).

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_BOX_AROUND_ELLIPSE**¶ Return the width (along horizontal) and height (along vertical) of a box that encompasses an ellipse with the same center point. For more on the three input operands to this operator see the description of

`box-around-ellipse`

. This function returns two datasets as a`gal_data_t`

linked list. The top element of the list is the height and its next element is the width.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MAKENEW**¶ Create a new, zero-valued dataset with an unsigned 8-bit data type. The length along each dimension of the dataset should be given as a single list of

`gal_data_t`

s. The number of dimensions is derived from the number of nodes in the list and the length along each dimension is the single-valued element within that list. Just note that the list should be in the reverse of the desired dimensions.

- Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OPSTR_LOADCOL_HDU**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OPSTR_LOADCOL_FILE**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OPSTR_LOADCOL_PREFIX**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OPSTR_LOADCOL_HDU_LEN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OPSTR_LOADCOL_FILE_LEN**¶ - Macro:
**GAL_ARITHMETIC_OPSTR_LOADCOL_PREFIX_LEN**¶ Constant components of the

`load-col-`

operator (see Loading external columns). These are just fixed strings (and their lengths) that are placed in between the various components of that operator to allow choosing a certain column of a certain HDU of a certain file.

- Function:

*gal_data_t **

**gal_arithmetic***(int*¶`operator`

, size_t`numthreads`

, int`flags`

, ...) Apply the requested arithmetic operator on the operand(s). The

*operator*is identified through the macros above (that start with`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_`

). The number of necessary operands (number of arguments to replace ‘`...`

’ in the declaration of this function, above) depends on the operator and is described under each operator, above. Each operand has a type of ‘`gal_data_t *`

’ (see last paragraph with example).If the operator can work on multiple threads, the number of threads can be specified with

`numthreads`

. When the operator is single-threaded,`numthreads`

will be ignored. Special conditions can also be specified with the`flag`

operator (a bit-flag with bits described above, for example,`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_INPLACE`

or`GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAG_FREE`

).`gal_arithmetic`

is a multi-argument function (like C’s`printf`

). In other words, the number of necessary arguments is not fixed and depends on the value to`operator`

. Below, you can see a minimal, fully working example, showing how different operators need different numbers of arguments.#include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> #include <gnuastro/fits.h> #include <gnuastro/arithmetic.h> int main(void) { /* Define the datasets and flag. */ gal_data_t *in1, *in2, *out1, *out2; int flag=GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAGS_BASIC; /* Read the input images. */ in1=gal_fits_img_read("image1.fits", "1", -1, 1); in2=gal_fits_img_read("image2.fits", "1", -1, 1); /* Take the logarithm (base-e) of the first input. */ out1=gal_arithmetic(GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_LOG, 1, flag, in1); /* Add the second input with the logarithm of the first. */ out2=gal_arithmetic(GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_PLUS, 1, flag, in2, out1); /* Write the output into a file. */ gal_fits_img_write(out2, "out.fits", NULL, NULL); /* Clean up. Due to the in-place flag (in * 'GAL_ARITHMETIC_FLAGS_BASIC'), 'out1' and 'out2' point to the * same array in memory and due to the freeing flag, any input * dataset(s) that were not returned have been freed internally * by 'gal_arithmetic'. Therefore it is only necessary to free * 'out2': all other allocated spaces have been freed internally. * before reaching this point. */ gal_data_free(out2); /* Return control back to the OS (saying that we succeeded). */ return EXIT_SUCCESS; }

As you see above, you can feed the returned dataset from one call of

`gal_arithmetic`

to another call. The advantage of using`gal_arithmetic`

(as opposed to manually writing a`for`

or`while`

loop and doing the operation with the`+`

operator and`log()`

function yourself), is that you do not have to worry about the type of the input data (for a list of acceptable data types in Gnuastro, see Library data types (`type.h`)). Arithmetic will automatically deal with the data types internally and choose the best output type depending on the operator.

- Function:

*int*

**gal_arithmetic_set_operator***(char*¶`*string`

, size_t`*num_operands`

) Return the operator macro/code that corresponds to

`string`

. The number of operands that it needs are written into the space that`*num_operands`

points to. If the string could not be interpreted as an operator, this function will return`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_INVALID`

.This function will check

`string`

with the fixed human-readable names (using`strcmp`

) for the operators and return the two numbers. Note that`string`

must only contain the single operator name and nothing else (not even any extra white space).

- Function:

*char **

**gal_arithmetic_operator_string***(int*¶`operator`

) Return the human-readable standard string that corresponds to the given operator. for example, when the input is

`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_PLUS`

or`GAL_ARITHMETIC_OP_MEAN`

, the strings`+`

or`mean`

will be returned.

- Function:

*gal_data_t **

**gal_arithmetic_load_col***(char*¶`*str`

, int`searchin`

, int`ignorecase`

, size_t`minmapsize`

, int`quietmmap`

) Return the column that corresponds to the identifier in the input string (

`str`

).`str`

is expected to be in the format of the`load-col-`

operator (see Loading external columns). This function will extract the column identifier, the file name and the HDU (if necessary) from the string, read the requested column in memory and return it.See Table input output (

`table.h`) for the macros that can be given to`searchin`

and`ignorecase`

and Generic data container (`gal_data_t`

) for the definitions of`minmapsize`

and`quietmmap`

.

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