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Message 1250151 - Posted: 22 Jun 2012, 23:03:59 UTC

Hey, I've seen a few results of this type recently; I don't think I've ever seen stuff like this before, and I'm curious as to what it might be. I'm not so self-absorbed as to believe that I've found something new or unique, but I am curious as to what this is, since it definitely looks different from what I normally see when looking at Seti@home. Anyone have anything to say about this?

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Message 1251094 - Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 0:23:10 UTC - in response to Message 1250151.

are you speaking about the red area with the bell shape. this is your seti@home screensaver attempting to fill in a gaussian curve.
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Message 1251106 - Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 1:56:10 UTC - in response to Message 1250151.
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I don't see anything special here either. No need for this one.

There is a computational error for one of the other tasks in the Manager.

Whether or not it is a Seti@home task or something else is difficult to tell.

The score is 1.880 and power and fit are usual values (either 3.34 or 3.39 for power and 1.299 for fit).

I guess the power, period and score for the corresponding pulse (if any) were having other numbers.

Regardless of numbers, we should be looking for a possible transmission.

The numbers we get in our results would give an indication of whether such a transmission was ever being carried out.

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Message 1251178 - Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 6:05:19 UTC

The red area with the bell shape and the numbers weren't what I was asking about.
I should have been more specific in my question. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

I was referring to the unusual 'wideness' (on the frequency axis) of the bars on the time/power/frequency graph.
Normally, It seems to me.
1. They'd be a lot thinner
2. There'd be a lot more of them,
3. The relative difference in power between the highest and lowest results seems like it would normally be greater, too.

At least, those are the differences I see compared to the stuff I normally see when looking at Seti@home.

Whatever the source or explanation, it was different from the norm, so I thought I'd ask.

By the way,
The computational error was for Rosetta@home, I remember. So no relation to this.

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Message 1251362 - Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 16:14:22 UTC - in response to Message 1251178.

the thickness is due to the bandwidth which is being tested. The 107 seconds is tested again and again from what looks like thick wide bars to very thin rod like bits. What you have is not at all unusual
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Message 1251606 - Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 22:49:53 UTC

I have seen the wide bars on my screen and just assumed it had to do with the particular block of data being analyzed. My computer used to be in my bedroom and I recall times that from a distance and through my half asleep eyes some sort of pattern would develope during the run of data, but if I got up to investigate further I could find nothing of any pattern.
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Message 1251703 - Posted: 26 Jun 2012, 5:53:35 UTC - in response to Message 1251606.

Sometimes pulses will cluster together and SETI tries to fit these pulse clusters into a Gaussian curve. What I've been noticing is the surprising number of closely matched triplets seen in WU's from November 2011 through February 2012.

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