SPECPR Users’ Manual                                            Page 8-f13.1

F13:  Merge Two Spectra to One                                Alias: merg[e]
This function will combine two input data sets (of presumably
different wavelengths) into a single output data set.  Perhaps this
routine should be named "splice" because you can only merge two at a
time, although you can actually have multiple splice points, enough
that it is indistinguishable from a merge concept.  It will
not automatically merge the two input data sets according to their
respective wavelengths; rather, it will combine the two sets
according to a channel sequence specified by the
user.  (Errors will be included if specified.)
The following files must exist prior to calling the function:

A) a first input data set (+ errors),

B) a second input data set (+ errors), and

C) a wavelength set with enough channels to accommodate the desired
   output data set (the value of the wavelengths is inconsequential;
   only the number of channels matters--4852 maximum at present)

  The first input data set must be specified when f13 is called. The
   wavelength set must also be specified at call time unless the
   last operation or display in the program used a
   wavelength set with the same number of channels.

  Example of use:

  Given two input data sets of different wavelengths:

          A)  w127  (25 channels) + errors
          B)  v321 (120 channels) + errors

1) Decide how the two data sets should be combined. For this case, combine the two data sets so that w127 channels 1-24 are followed by v321 channels 4-57 and channels 63-115; all other channels will be omitted.

2) Create a wavelength set with enough channels to accommodate the output data set. For this case, set the wavelength set to C131.

You would then call f13 from math (the ending "e" includes error bars):

w127f13eC131

Then in f13, type in the second data set when prompted (data set "b"):

v321

and finally, you will be prompted to enter the channels to merge. On the merge command line, "a" refers to the first data set (w127 in this case) and "b" refers to the second data set. So we have for this example:

a1 24 b 4 57 b 63 115

IMPORTANT NOTE: The merge routine works on one data set at a time. You must merge the wavelength sets in the same manner. Be very careful to make sure the data channels line up with the proper wavelength channels. It is usually a good idea to overlay the merged data sets with the originals.