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7 Random Groups Structure


Although it is standard FITS, the random groups structure  has been used almost exclusively for applications in radio  interferometry; outside this field, few FITS readers can read data in random groups format. The binary table  extension (§8.3) can accommodate the structure described by random groups. While existing FITS files use the format, and it is therefore included in this standard, its use for future applications has been deprecated  since the issue of Version 1 of this standard.