2021 - Week 7

During the TESS Science Conference, we found out that there’s another group of scientists working on a catalog of eclipsing binaries. We don’t know what methodology they’re using, but it’s likely they’re also doing a form of machine learning. We’ve heard rumblings that this was happening, but this week was when it finally settled in that someone else might beat me to the goal I’ve been working for for a little more than a year. To say I’m bummed is an understatement! As someone with a disability, I work a little slower than others. Will this happen a lot in my future? I don’t know, but I also don’t feel like my research has been worthless. The likelihood of both of us using the same type of machine learning model with the same parameters is slim to none, so I’m going to keep going!

Written on August 13, 2021