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Reinventing the wheel - how often does it happen in research?

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Mar15-11, 12:37 AM
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Oh okay, those are good points. I should talk about those then. There were other approaches I tried that didn't quite work out, and I should discuss those (which also means that I don't have to totally throw out several weeks of work, which is somewhat reassuring)
If you can figure out what didn't work, that's useful. If you can explain to other people what didn't work, that's even more useful.

Hm, well, it was just taking equations I could find on the Internet and then recoding them to be usable in Python's Matplotlib. So it wasn't like rediscovering how to project things onto a 2D stereographic projection.
And that's what 80% of theorists do.

Ah okay. Let's see here - what if what I did didn't produce results yet? The LSST isn't going to do anything for several more years, so the only thing I can say is that I coded a way to project stars on the grid in a different interface.
Those are results.
Mar15-11, 04:14 AM
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Okay I see. Thanks!

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