The scientific method has five basic steps, plus one feedback step:
- Make an observation.
- Ask a question.
- Form a hypothesis, or testable explanation.
- Make a prediction based on the hypothesis.
- Test the
- Iterate: Use the results to make new hypotheses or predictions.
Ad 1. Make an observation.
Many observations were made:
My basic observation in this context was that astrology cookbook interpretations
on average are 65% correct, which is more than can be expected by mere chance. The best astrological cookbook I have tested so far was 75% correct.
Michel Gauquelin's astrological statistics for birth charts belonging to various professions added to
Another observation I made early in my astrological career was that chart rectification does matter. Once a birth chart has been properly rectified, it is possible to make fairly accurate predictions in e.g. a one-year-prognosis for that
Ad 2. Ask a question.
My question was: Is it possible to turn the above observations into something useful by processing rectified charts belonging to eminent professionals through a neural network?
3. Form a hypothesis, or testable explanation.
You could say that the various neural network designs I have experimented with since 1997 were expressions of hypotheses. The tests were expensive in time and made the entire process rather slow,
but December 23rd 2020 I succeeded with one professional category: Female athletes.
Ad 4. Make a prediction based on the hypothesis.
It's easy to blind test the result:Provide me with the necessary data, i.e. birth date, birth
time, birth place plus information (headline: what happened?, date and place) for 6 major events in that person's life. Then I shall rectify the birth chart and process it through AstroCat and present you with the result, which is a number on a scale signifying
the likelihood that this person belongs to the category or not.
Ad 5. Test the prediction.
My own tests indicate that AstroCat is precise enough to be useful.
Ad 6. Use the results to make new
hypotheses or predictions.
So far I have iterated with 9 different professional categories - and in the current moment (May 20th 2021), I am processing the 10th professional category, which is female singer-songwriters.