This chapter describes functions for creating and manipulating ntuples, sets of values associated with events. The ntuples are stored in files. Their values can be extracted in any combination and booked in a histogram using a selection function.

The values to be stored are held in a GSL::Vector or a GSL::Matrix object, and an ntuple is created associating this object with a file. The values are then written to the file (normally inside a loop) using the ntuple functions described below.

A histogram can be created from ntuple data by providing a selection function and a value function. The selection function specifies whether an event should be included in the subset to be analyzed or not. The value function computes the entry to be added to the histogram for each event.

The Ntuple class

Any existing file with the same name is truncated to zero length and overwritten. A preexisting Vector object v for the current ntuple data must be supplied: this is used to copy ntuples in and out of the file.

Vector object v for the current ntuple data must be supplied.

Writing and reading ntuples

Histogramming ntuple values

Once an ntuple has been created its contents can be histogrammed in various ways using the function gsl_ntuple_project. Two user-defined functions must be provided, a function to select events and a function to compute scalar values. The selection function and the value function both accept the ntuple row as a first argument and other parameters as a second argument.

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