# Handling grids of data — `gridData`

¶

## Overview¶

This module contains classes that allow importing and exporting of simple gridded data, A grid is an N-dimensional array that represents a discrete mesh over a region of space. The array axes are taken to be parallel to the cartesian axes of this space. Together with this array we also store the edges, which are are (essentially) the cartesian coordinates of the intersections of the grid (mesh) lines on the axes. In this way the grid is anchored in space.

The `Grid`

object can be resampled at arbitrary
resolution (by interpolating the data). Standard algebraic operations
are defined for grids on a point-wise basis (same as for
`numpy.ndarray`

).

## Description¶

The package reads grid data from files, makes them available as a
`Grid`

object, and allows one to write out the data again.

A `Grid`

consists of a rectangular, regular, N-dimensional
array of data. It contains

- The position of the array cell edges.
- The array data itself.

This is equivalent to knowing

- The origin of the coordinate system (i.e. which data cell corresponds to (0,0,…,0)
- The spacing of the grid in each dimension.
- The data on a grid.

`Grid`

objects have some convenient properties:

- The data is represented as a
`numpy.ndarray`

in`Grid.grid`

and thus can be directly manipulated with all the tools available in NumPy. `Grid`

instances can be manipulated arithmetically, e.g. one can simply add or subtract two of them and get another one, or multiply by a constant. Note that all operations are defined point-wise (see the`numpy`

documentation for details) and that only grids defined on the same cell edges can be combined.- A
`Grid`

object can also be created from within python code e.g. from the output of the`numpy.histogramdd()`

function. - The representation of the data is abstracted from the format that the files are saved in. This makes it straightforward to add additional readers for new formats.
- The data can be written out again in formats that are understood by other programs such as VMD, ChimeraX or PyMOL.

## Reading grid data files¶

Some Formats can be read directly from a file on disk:

```
g = Grid(filename)
```

*filename* could be, for instance, “density.dx”.

## Constructing a Grid¶

Data from an n-dimensional array can be packaged as a `Grid`

for convenient handling (especially export to other formats). The
`Grid`

class acts as a universal constructor:

```
g = Grid(ndarray, edges=edges) # from histogramdd
g = Grid(ndarray, origin=origin, delta=delta) # from arbitrary data
g.export(filename, format) # export to the desire format
```

See the doc string for `Grid`

for details.

## Formats¶

For the available file formats see Supported file formats.