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CSE 231, Fall 2007 Programming Project 06 Assignment Overview This assignment is worth 50 points (5.0% of the course grade) and must be completed and turned in before 11:59pm on Monday, October 15, 2007 . The purpose of this project is to work more with lists, looping, and file I/O. For this assignment, you will work with real data from the Web to answer a question. Question Solar storms can damage satellites. When will the next damaging solar storms occur? Background Major solar storms are usually associated with peaks in sunspot activity, and sunspot activity is periodic. The next expected peak in sunspot activity is the next likely time for damaging solar storms. Sunspot data has been collected regularly for over 300 years, and the raw data is available on the Web. Early data collection was monthly, but after World War II daily data collection began, and that is the data we will use. Unfortunately, raw data is noisy so to do a reasonable prediction the data needs to be “smoothed” (explained below). The standard sunspot smoothing is based on monthly averages. Program Specifications You are to get the raw sunspot data from the Web, calculate the monthly averages, and then smooth the data. Looking at that data, predict the next year for solar storms.
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