DAQ PlotPreferencesGeneral ► Data

The data attributes defines how signals from a device get mapped into the data which gets displayed and stored in a signal file. It is used to define a mapping between Voltage and Physical Units, for example volts to pressure. The following diagrams the Data preferences pane.

Mapping Coefficients

The offset and scale field defines a linear mapping between volts and physical units and is defined as:

`physical unit = voltage * scale + offset`

The channel mapping table defines an arbitrary curve between volts and physical units in terms of x y pairs. The format is like:

``` x1 y1 x2 y2 ... xN yN ```

Data points that have voltage out of the interval {x1, xN} are mapped to the respective limit constant. For example, if the voltage is less than x1 then that voltage gets mapped to the constant x1.

The linear mapping coefficients will be used if a channel mapping table for a particular channel index is not specified.

Sample Interval

The Sample Interval field defines the starting sample interval of the acquisition when DAQ Plot first starts up. After that use the corresponding value on the main window. Sample interval can be between 0.01 and 2.0 seconds in 0.01 increments.

How To Derive Mapping Coefficients

To derive the mapping coefficients apply the following methodology. First measure the voltage at two known physical units values. For example, if you are measuring temperature then measure an ice cube and then body temperature. Define those values as:

``` v1 = voltage measured from the ice cube v2 = voltage measured from the body t1 = ice cube temperature (32 degrees fahrenheit) t2 = body temperature (98.6 degrees fahrenheit) ```

Then the offset and scale are:

``` scale = (t2-t1)/(v2-v1) offset = t1 - v1 * scale ```

If you wish to use the table lookup then simply enter the values as:

``` v1 t1 v2 t2 ```

into the channel mapping table. But make note of the fact that voltages sampled by a probe at temperature less than that of ice (t1) get defined as ice temperature, and voltages sampled by a probe at temperature greater than body temperature get mapped to body temperature. By adding voltage and temperature pairs at lower and higher temperatures you can build up a more extensive mapping, but only need do so if your sensor is nonlinear.