Is this process routinely tested end-to-end?

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Message 1910510 - Posted: 4 Jan 2018, 15:08:40 UTC

I didn't find any results when I searched the forums for this question, so here goes:
Has anyone ever taken an actual task/workunit (or a set of same if necessary) and altered them to insert an "alien intelligent signal" of some sort, then let these tasks propagate through the seti@home system and see if a computer or computers somewhere actually detects and reports it?
What to use for the faux "alien intelligent signal" would be an interesting challenge in itself. What would you use - some digitized Morse Code or the fancy alternating frame carrier/harmonic TV signal described in Contact?
I'm just really curious of the efficacy of this monumental, unending task and how it is tested.
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Message 1910544 - Posted: 4 Jan 2018, 16:31:01 UTC
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The part of the process we are involved in has been "thrashed to death" over a good few years, and many millions of user-hours.
But, we are only doing the first stage of the screening, getting rid of the 99.999% of dross to leave the 0.001% of signals worthy of further investigation.
It is only recently that the next stage of the process started to be developed with the advent of the "Nebula" project, this does a mammoth correlation job on our output to further reduce the pile to something more manageable (the theory of what to do has been around for a good few years, but nobody had the time or funding to do it)
It is highly unlikely that we ever get to the point of being able to decode a signal into something meaningful as the degradation is so massive due to the vast distances and times involved.
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Message 1911627 - Posted: 7 Jan 2018, 22:03:36 UTC - in response to Message 1910544.  

Read the Nebula threads. Yes they inject fake signals for testing.
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