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First, I am encouraged that the data is picking up real asteroid crossings
of stars in the data base. This gives me some confidence in the data. No
doubt we could track this asteroid (and others) with the single hit data.
So far, we have a sample of two. One is an asteroid, the other is
unknown. Is anyone interested in looking at more examples?
I could search the data for stars that have 10 or more measurements with
one or more high points. My dumb approach would be to compute sigma for
the measurements of each star and then look for 5 sigma high points. I
could probably do this in a couple of days. My guess from manually paging
through the data is that I might get a couple of hundred objects from my 2
million star list.
Would anyone want to work on this data set if I make it?
Even better, does someone want to write a perl script that will process the
data file and output a string or interesting star measurements? I can do
this, but it will take me a few days. I suspect that most of you can dash
it off in 10 minutes. OK, the actual file that I have is called
collected.t and is the result of merging the .cal files, sorting, removing
flagged entries and processing the result through collect_stars.pl.
In a spirit of fun, I will give the first person who sends me a working
perl script a week head start on the resulting data. Send me a script, I
will send you a data set. It should be small enough that I can just attach
it to an e-mail. I reserve the right to allow ties if I don't get back to
reading my e-mail soon enough.
The format was presented in the post. I will answer any questions about
it, but it is well defined by collect_stars.pl which is available on the