Can someone explain a more about what tasks SETI@home is doing?

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Message 1703845 - Posted: 22 Jul 2015, 2:29:46 UTC

I just started SETI@home, and the screen saver graphics look really cool, but I don't know much about what they mean. I think one of the processes our computers do to the data is look for triplets in the incoming signals from Arecebo, but I'm sure there's much more being done with the data. Can someone tell me more about what my computer is doing to the data? (or point me in the right direction.)
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Message 1703873 - Posted: 22 Jul 2015, 5:30:18 UTC - in response to Message 1703851.  

Welcome to the project, sarcastasaur!
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Message 1703879 - Posted: 22 Jul 2015, 5:51:23 UTC - in response to Message 1703845.  

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Message 1703900 - Posted: 22 Jul 2015, 6:59:38 UTC

Very cool info. I've got my laptop and PC rigged to boinc nearly 24/7, so I may be able to catch to some of you guys :)
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Message 1703918 - Posted: 22 Jul 2015, 9:09:38 UTC - in response to Message 1703900.  

Welcome sarcastasaur,
Best of luck crunching on SETI and other cool BOINC projects you may come across. Like you, I have a couple laptops that are 'punching above their weight' from a crunching standpoint.
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Message 1703947 - Posted: 22 Jul 2015, 11:47:17 UTC
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Basicallly your computer is sifting the data in the workunit looking for pulses, triplets, gaussians etc that look artificial or made by intelligence rather than just random happenings. Those findings are reported back to Seti HQ for further future analysis. As I understood it the Nitpicker machine was to re-check the most promising candidates in the database with more powerful algorithms, but I gather now, that consideration is being given to doing that in real time.

Don't get too excited if your screen saver looks like it has found something, it is a screen saver and it most likely hasn't, the data is in the info sent back to Berkeley.
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