Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#173 new defect

clarify the dimensions of ancillary variables

Reported by: jonathan Owned by: cf-conventions@…
Priority: medium Milestone:
Component: cf-conventions Version:
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The purpose of ancillary variables (Section 3.4 of the convention) is to provide metadata about individual values in data variables. Given this purpose, I believe that an ancillary data variable should not have any dimensions which its data variable does not have. To clarify this, I propose that the following should be appended to the first paragraph of Section 3.4: "The dimensions of an ancillary variable should be the same as or a subset of the dimensions of the data variable with which it is associated by the ancillary_variables attribute, but the order of the dimensions is not restricted." This text corresponds to a similar sentence in Section 7.2 about cell measures variables.

I'm proposing this as a defect ticket because this is my understanding of what the convention intends. Please comment if you don't think so. Thanks.


Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by taylor13

Hi Jonathan,

I support this clarification of the use of ancillary_variables. I think this limitation on dimensions should be imposed.

Thanks for proposing this.


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