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Re: Poor Michael K.
The "problem" if it is one is that all the methods I see here
only apply to low volume work. So far only Tom's camera is
is service. How many Mk IV camera are in the pipe?
You can make plots and eyeball those plots, run a period finding
program on your data and examine it's output and go off with a
bigger telescope and collect data for a suspect star maybe for
a few dozen stars but not for tens of thousands of stars.
It is in the area that I call "data exploitation" that TASS has
always had a bottle neck. Even with the Mk III data.
We will learn how to combine data from
several Mk IV sites in to a hugh database (a "real" RDBMS.) but
then that will be it. But how to find and characterize 10,000 new
variables? Yes you start by plotting and looking and doing it
by hand but you can't even scratch the surface that way.
There are two models to use
1) the "science model". You observe, collect data, sit on the
data while you make sense of it for a few months then publish
2) The "military model" Some kind of eletro-optic or radar device
gathers images, the images are processed through a pipeline,
characterized (figure out kinds of things are i the image) and
then send the results in real time to the correct person.
#2 is vastly more expensive to implement because of the amount of
automation required but I think we need to look into using a
model N where 1 > N > 2. Sticking with N=1 just ain't going to
handle the volume for one thing new data points will arrive
minute by minute as 12 TASS cameras continue to scan the sky.
--- David Troyer <email@example.com> wrote:
> Michael K.,
> Poor Michael, this discussion is just hailing advice in your
> Hope it's not getting on your nerves. And now I'm getting in on it
> too. I
> naturally take sides with Arne, because I'm a scientist (no
> But Tom has the crucial argument - you just have to keep right at it
> your interest will wane. Wait a half a year to observe your eclipsing
> binary sufficiently and your publication may be just a flash in the
> Another suggestion, but guaranteed to be a gas. Beg, borrow or steal
> cash. Take a couple of weeks holidays. Other people do. Take them at
> next new moon. Take your telescope along. Go to some appropriate
> place on
> earth and make the observations you need of your star. Then write
> publication next month.
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