Hacking the Cosmos: Event Hopes to Solve Complex Data Challenges

At Astro Hack Week, hosted the week of September 2015 at New York University, astronomy researchers, programmers and data scientists spent mornings learning about different data topics and afternoons collaborating to put together new analysis tools and solve research questions.Credit: Daniela Huppenkothen NEW YORK — Last week, astronomers, astrophysicists, data scientists and programmers came together at New York University to try to solve some of astronomy’s toughest problems — in just five days. The event, called Astro Hack Week, has only one rule: Everybody has to produce something. It might be a build of an astronomy data search algorithm, a series of programming tutorials or a bot that generates fake (and surprisingly plausible) tweets from one of the event creators. It might be planned from the get-go or something dreamed…


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