readers.faux

The faux reader is used for testing pipelines. It does not read from a file or database, but generates synthetic data to feed into the pipeline.

The faux reader requires a mode argume to define the method in which points should be generated. Valid modes are as follows:

constant
The values provided as the minimums to the bounds argument are used for the X, Y and Z value, respectively, for every point.
random
Random values are chosen within the provided bounds.
ramp
Value increase uniformly from the minimum values to the maximum values.
uniform
Random values of each dimension are uniformly distributed in the provided ranges.
normal
Random values of each dimension are normally distributed in the provided ranges.
grid
Creates points with integer-valued coordinates in the range provided (excluding the upper bound).

Example

{
  "pipeline":[
    {
      "type":"readers.faux",
      "bounds":"([0,1000000],[0,1000000],[0,100])",
      "num_points":"10000",
      "mode":"random"
    },
    {
      "type":"writers.text",
      "filename":"outputfile.txt"
    }
  ]
}

Options

bounds
What spatial extent should points be generated within? Text string of the form “([xmin,xmax],[ymin,ymax],[zmin,zmax])”. [Default: unit cube]
num_points
How many synthetic points to generate before finishing? [Required]
mean_x|y|z
Mean value in the x, y, or z dimension respectively. (Normal mode only) [Default: 0]
stdev_x|y|z
Standard deviation in the x, y, or z dimension respectively. (Normal mode only) [Default: 1]
mode
“constant”, “random”, “ramp”, “uniform”, “normal” or “grid” [Required]