[LEAPSECS] Hazarding a guess

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Mon Oct 5 16:02:53 EDT 2009

I have been enjoying the spirited discussion. Many on the astronomy
side are attending Astronomical Data Analysis Software & Systems XIX
this week in Sapporo. Today's sessions in particular focus on the
time domain:


For myself, the sixteen intervening timezones certainly bring home the
importance of time :-)

Clive D.W. Feather wrote:

> However, it negates the statement that a guess is always worse than

> "no data".

I would be more accurate to call it an approximation. Not more
accurate because the word is more highfalutin', but because it
emphasizes that a rigorous (if sometimes simple) process should be
followed to reach this guess.

Time is all about estimation. The heart of the issue is who makes the
guesses, where in the system they are made, and what constrains them.


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