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Ionogram analysis with the generalised program POLAN
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Ionogram analysis with the generalised program POLAN
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    United States, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, ; World Data Center A for Solar-Terrestrial Physics ;
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    Different methods for the real-height analysis of ionograms, and their fields of application, are surveyed. A flexible new procedure is developed to give maximum accuracy and reliability in an automatic, one-pass analysis. The program POLAN uses polynomial real-high sections of any required degree, fitting any number of data points. By choice of a single or overlapping polynomials. In addition a wide range of least squares modes are available; these are preferable for most purposes, particularly with oversampled data (as from digital ionosondes). The mode of analysis changes automatically within the program to give an optimised least-squares calculation in the start, peak and valley regions. Physically unacceptable solutions are adjusted by imposing limits on the profile parameters. The new profile coefficients (and the new firring error) are obtained directly and rapidly from the previous solution. This permits repeated application of the adjustments, as required, and cancellation of any change if it produces an unacceptably large increase in the virtual-height fitting error [Abstract, paragraph 1].

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