Have you ever wondered whether the data you have collected, or have had collected for you, have been distorted or contain misrepresentations due to poor software algorithms? Next-generation potential field data sets are arriving fast, yet few software providers have redesigned their code to deal properly and formally with the vector and tensor nature of these data. We present several informative examples to demonstrate how and why “noise” in the data may not be all due to the hardware and why radical “rethinking” of the software can aid in exploration efforts.

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