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.TH mtsmooth 1 4.6.34 IMOD
.SH NAME
mtsmooth - to smooth a model of MTs
.SH SYNOPSIS
mtsmooth
.SH DESCRIPTION
Mtsmooth will take a model of tracked microtubules and smooth the
trajectory of each MT independently. It will make a much nicer
model for presentation than any kind of transformations will.
However, it will not necessarily preserve the spacing between MTs on
any given section. Such a smoothed model should thus NOT be used for
any kind of analysis that depends on the separations between MTs.
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The program operates by considering each point of each MT in turn.
It fits a polynomial to the nearest N points to that point in the MT,
where N is a number specified by the user. (More precisely, it fits
a polynomial to X coordinates as a function of Z, and a separate
polynomial to the Y coordinates as a function of Z.) It replaces the
given point with the coordinates of the fitted polynomial at that
position in Z. The order of the polynomials (1 for a straight line,
2 for a parabola, etc.,) is also chosen by the user.
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Entries to the program:
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Name of input model file
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Name of output model file
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Number of points to fit polynomials to, and the order of the
polynomials. Fitting to 5 or 7 points, with an order of 2, is
recommended.
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Minimum object length for fitting polynomials of the chosen order;
objects shorter than this will be fit with a simple straight line.
A value of 5 is recommended for this parameter.
.SH HISTORY
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Written by David Mastronarde, 1/13/93
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.SH BUGS
Email bug reports to mast@colorado.edu.