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Ghost hunting 101: Analyzing data

There is more work to a paranormal investigation than just going to a location, shooting some video and pictures. It is when the investigation is over that the real work begins. Once everything is packed up and you are heading home, it is time to start reflecting on what happened during the investigation and plan when you will be analyzing the data collected.

Analyzing the data collected includes reviewing notes, watching endless hours of video, listening to audio and scanning through hundreds of photographs. During the analysis you will be looking for any unusual images or anomalies. It is best to have someone else going through the data with you. This is because you will get through it faster, but you will also have a second person to look or listen to your data to see if they see or hear what you did.

Here are some tips to help analyze the date collected during a paranormal investigation:

  • Wear headphones: When analyzing video and audio, wear headphones. This will help you hear what was captured without interference from outside noises, plus it will prevent you from disturbing others who are analyzing data with you.
  • Cross reference: Find other pieces of data to cross reference with when you find a piece of data you believe to be evidence of paranormal activity. Check other recordings, photographs and notes from the exact time and location and the data in question.
  • Validation: Once all data has bee sorted through, it is time to take it to the rest of the team. Together you will go through possible evidence and try to validate or debunk it.

Remember, before claiming something is paranormal, all logical explanations must be considered. Never show a client evidence you have not tried to find an explanation for or tried to recreate first.

Hopefully these tips will help you sort through countless amounts of data and find real pieces of paranormal evidence.

Happy haunting!

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