GW150914 example

To run on GW150914, we can use the same sampler, prior and model configuration files as was used for the simulated BBH example. We only need to change the data configuration file, so that we will run on real gravitational-wave data.

First, we need to download the data from the Gravitational Wave Open Science Center. Run:


This will download the appropriate data (“frame”) files to your current working directory. You can now use the following data configuration file:

instruments = H1 L1
trigger-time = 1126259462.43
; See the documentation at
; for details on the following settings:
analysis-start-time = -6
analysis-end-time = 2
psd-estimation = median-mean
psd-start-time = -256
psd-end-time = 256
psd-inverse-length = 8
psd-segment-length = 8
psd-segment-stride = 4
; The frame files must be downloaded from GWOSC before running. Here, we
; assume that the files have been downloaded to the same directory. Adjust
; the file path as necessary if not.
frame-files = H1:H-H1_GWOSC_16KHZ_R1-1126257415-4096.gwf L1:L-L1_GWOSC_16KHZ_R1-1126257415-4096.gwf
channel-name = H1:GWOSC-16KHZ_R1_STRAIN L1:GWOSC-16KHZ_R1_STRAIN
; this will cause the data to be resampled to 2048 Hz:
sample-rate = 2048
; We'll use a high-pass filter so as not to get numerical errors from the large
; amplitude low frequency noise. Here we use 15 Hz, which is safely below the
; low frequency cutoff of our likelihood integral (20 Hz)
strain-high-pass = 15
; The pad-data argument is for the high-pass filter: 8s are added to the
; beginning/end of the analysis/psd times when the data is loaded. After the
; high pass filter is applied, the additional time is discarded. This pad is
; *in addition to* the time added to the analysis start/end time for the PSD
; inverse length. Since it is discarded before the data is transformed for the
; likelihood integral, it has little affect on the run time.
pad-data = 8


The frame-files argument points to the data files that we just downloaded from GWOSC. If you downloaded the files to a different directory, modify this argument accordingly to point to the correct location.


If you are running on a cluster that has a LIGO_DATAFIND_SERVER (e.g., LIGO Data Grid clusters, Atlas) you do not need to copy frame files. Instead, replace the frame-files argument with frame-type, and set it to H1:H1_LOSC_16_V1 L1:L1_LOSC_16_V1.

Now run:


# configuration files


# the following sets the number of cores to use; adjust as needed to
# your computer's capabilities

# run sampler
# Running with OMP_NUM_THREADS=1 stops lalsimulation
# from spawning multiple jobs that would otherwise be used
# by pycbc_inference and cause a reduced runtime.
pycbc_inference --verbose \
    --seed 1897234 \
    --config-file ${PRIOR_CONFIG} ${DATA_CONFIG} ${SAMPLER_CONFIG} \
    --output-file ${OUTPUT_PATH} \
    --nprocesses ${NPROCS} \