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The space-group symmetry implied in the atomic coordinates of a structure can be reconstructed by deriving the metric symmetry elements of the lattice from the cell data, and finding the location and the glide for corresponding space-group symmetry elements with the same orientation using the list of atomic coordinates. The MISSYM computer program designed along these principles treated correctly the known examples of overlooked symmetry or quasi-symmetry that were submitted to it. As no computer program operating on refined atomic coordinates can prove the presence of extra symmetry in the crystal, the user should scrutinize the experimental evidence and report either a different space group or the existence of pseudo-symmetry whenever extra structural symmetry elements are disclosed by the program. The MISSYM program is part of the NRCVAX system of programs.
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