Friday, November 12, 2010

Cross-matched SDSS quasar catalogs

I've been toiling off and on for a few days on cross-matching various SDSS quasar catalogs. Thought I had it all sewn up Tuesday night, but realized Wednesday morning that I'd been using the UNIX 'uniq' command incorrectly. After fixing that I thought I was finished Thursday morning; then I remembered I wanted to cross-match another catalog, and in so doing I identified some discrepancies it took me the rest of the day to track down and fix.

But today the cross-matched catalogs are available online for anyone to use. I only ask that you read the Readme file! More catalogs will probably be cross-matched in the future.

Other activities:
* have been making comments on drafts of Jesse Rogerson's Master's Thesis
* Guido Risaliti visited this week so I attended the colloquium he gave, had dinner with him and Brad Peterson, and chatted with him a bit about AGN science
* usual daily Astro Coffee and Friday Journal Club meetings
* also read "Carrots and Sticks: Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get Things Done" by Ian Ayres, which isn't astronomy but which I plan to apply to astronomy (among other things) as soon as I digest it a bit further

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