The past week has been mostly filled with creating different types of plots in Matlab, going in the field to prepare our Jasper Ridge station for testing, and trying to access data on the Stanford servers from a testing of a prototype Jerrettizer from two years ago. I have been using a lot of Matlab lately to try to wrap my head around the data I will be working with and preparing my plots for the testing that was supposed to occur last weekend but now will be next weekend. The Jerrettizer, again, is a home-grown analog to digital converter that we will be testing next weekend at our Jasper Ridge site. And hopefully, my plots will be ready by then as well. Another program that I am using (which I have somewhat discussed already) is Karl's software, created by one of the researchers on this project that allows us to download the data from our stations and manipulate it in a useable format.
The most challenging part of the week was trying to access the data from the Stanford servers from an old test two years ago. These data files are in a strange format that is impossible to read into Matlab. We need this data so that we can compare the new Jerrettizer with the prototype from two years ago. However, I received a promising email on how to convert the data into Matlab from the intern that was in this project two years ago. Unfortunately, these conversion files are over at Stanford as I will not have a chance to make it to Stanford until Wednesday of this week. Tomorrow, we are heading out to our MHDL site north of San Francisco to perform maintenance on our station. By the end of this week, I hope to have all of my plots completed and all of the data files from Stanford working!
Till next time!
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