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Re: Specifying values 'less than something' in CIFs?

Dear Herbert,

many thanks for the answer!

On 04/29/2012 02:57 PM, Herbert J. Bernstein wrote:
> 0.001 is a number. <0.001 is a statement about a range
> of numbers.  In CIF at the moment, there is already
> a notation for some ranges of numbers, 0.0005(5), for
> example, meaning 0.0005+/-0.0005, which may or may not
> be intended to convey the same information as <0.001.
> mmCIF deals with this complexity by explicitly making
> _esd tags.
> The issue needs to be dealt with in database searches.
> Should a search for .0004 be satisfied by data given
> as 0.0005(5)?  Most people would agree.  Should a
> search for .0004 be satisfied by data given as <0.001?
> Many people would be less certain.   Perhaps it is time to
> revisit these conventions and settle on some extensions to the
> notation to make life easier for users in preserving essential
> metadata compactly while preserving the searchability of data
> that includes that metadata.

I agree with both of you comments. So, if I understand you correctly,
specifying _refine_ls_shift/su_mean <0.001 in a DDL1 CIF should be
correctly done as

_refine_ls_shift/su_mean_lt 0.001

This is easy to do, and easy to fix automatically.


Dr. Saulius Gražulis
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