STILTS - A Package for Command-Line Processing of Tabular Data

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STILTS, the STIL Tool Set, is a set of non-interactive tools for manipulation of tables such as astronomical object catalogues. It can read and write data in many formats, including VOTable, FITS, relational databases and ASCII. Facilities provided include table format conversion, row selection and sorting, column creation and rearrangement, coordinate conversion, metadata manipulation and display, flexible cross-matching, per-row and statistical calculations and VOTable validation. STILTS is based on the Starlink Tables Infrastructure Library, which also underlies the interactive table-analysis tool TOPCAT, and can be considered its non-interactive counterpart, providing many of the same features in a form which is suitable for headless, batch or scripted environments. Uses include data manipulation from the desktop or as part of server-based workflows or query operations. The package is portable (Java), open source, fully documented, efficient and scalable; in particular it is designed for use with large, and for many purposes arbitrarily large, tables.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006


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