Scaling with SCALA (or better: aimless)

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How to switch off scaling in CORRECT

If one wants to completely switch scaling off in CORRECT, use

MINIMUM_I/SIGMA=50 
CORRECTIONS=
NBATCH=1

in XDS.INP. MINIMUM_I/SIGMA=50 prevents the sigmas from being adjusted. This also prevents outlier rejection and geometry refinement. Since the latter may be desired it would be most appropriate to use MINIMUM_I/SIGMA=50 only after Optimization (re-cycling of GXPARM.XDS to XPARM.XDS). Prevention of outlier rejection would be also obtained by using (e.g.) WFAC1=2. NBATCH=1 removes any basic scaling done by CORRECT (as referred to by Krojer and von Delft).

A good option might be to make CORRECT only do MODULATION correction since this is not easily available in SCALA:

CORRECTIONS= MODULATION

This can also be combined with NBATCH=1.

Using pointless and aimless

pointless produces a multi-record MTZ file (suitable for SCALA/aimless and TRUNCATE) from XDS_ASCII.HKL, or the XSCALE reflection output file (see also "Running Pointless and Scala"). Note that this may use XDS for some or most of the scaling. (see above for how to switch off scaling in XDS.INP, partly or fully).

pointless -copy xdsin XDS_ASCII.HKL hklout XDS_ASCII.mtz
aimless hklin XDS_ASCII.mtz hklout junk_scaled.mtz | tee aimless.log

Obviously, the aimless run can be modified using suitable options.

See below for how to run TRUNCATE.

If one then needs to edit the batch information in this file, the CCP4 program REBATCH can be used (optional):

rebatch hklin XDS_ASCII.mtz hklout XDS_ASCII_rebatch.mtz <<end_ip
BATCH ALL START 1001
BATCH ALL PNAME Lysozyme XNAME Hg-Soak DNAME peak
end_ip

sortmtz hklout sortmtz.mtz <<end_ip
H K L M/ISYM BATCH
XDS_ASCII_rebatch.mtz
end_ip

Note: another program to work with those multi-record MTZ files is REINDEX.

Using truncate

#!/bin/csh -f
truncate  hklin  junk_scaled.mtz \
          hklout junk_truncated.mtz <<end-trunc
anomalous yes
nresidue   1049
labout  F=FP SIGF=SIGFP DANO=DANO_sulf SIGDANO=SIGDANO_sulf
end-trunc

In this way one gets the well-known output of TRUNCATE, and the MTZ file junk_truncated.mtz .

See also

XDSCONV to get the MTZ file directly (i.e. the usual way)