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I How common is automation in Astronomy?

  1. Aug 10, 2017 #1
    I am currently an undergraduate researching Supernovae. We are doing some luminosity calculations using CIAO and HEASOFT which take anywhere between 7 to 13 hours for each remnant. To make the process quicker, I wrote a script that reduces that time to about 40 minutes for each remnant. One of my current professor's students (who graduated last year) wrote a script to divide a remnant into small boxes and do some measurements with it. Prof. Brian Schmidt wrote the code which automated the process of finding Type Ia supernovae.

    Is this a common trend? Are there any other examples that you can give me? I assume that it would be since a lot of Astronomy is data analysis which happens using computers.
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  3. Aug 11, 2017 #2
    I would think that whatever could be automated will get automated so you can focus on other things, similar to the world of IT. You try to make things as automated and autonomous as possible where possible.
  4. Aug 11, 2017 #3


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    I assume it's a very common trend anywhere you have data analysis that can benefit from automation. Heck, I just received an e-mail from my engineering college about a weekend course they're offering on automation in data analysis and other areas in research:

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