Project discovery questions

I do a bit of the COVID Project Discovery project every day. It’s relaxing, and it’s fun to open the reward chests, even if they aren’t very lucrative. Plus the small trickle of isk is nice too. I’m now level 20; each submission gets me 90K isk or so, and (more importantly) a small sense of satisfaction that I’m contributing in some way to science.

But that’s one of my questions. How exactly am I contributing? I read this recent blog post from the sponsors of the project, and I didn’t understand it well.

In particular, it talks about “mirroring” clusters. What do they mean by that? Also the post seems to imply that we can bisect clusters, but we can’t, can we? Our polygons can’t touch each other. I guess the general thrust of this post is that we should identify more rather than fewer clusters?

More generally, is the idea here that we humans are better at pattern recognition than computers?

Finally, on a more selfish note, I’m curious how high the isk rewards go. My 90K creeps up every time I get a submission really right. You level 100 folks, how much do you make per submission?

Thanks in advance!

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AI is fantastic at pattern recognition, but needs a data set to learn from.

My guess is that we provide that data set.

I see. The AI learns to recognize patterns by using the example patterns we provide? Interesting.