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One of the potential pitfalls of using a `blackbox' code such as XSTAR is the application to problems for which its inherent assumptions or numerics are invalid or inaccurate. The best way to avoid this is to thoroughly understand the computational methods as outlined in Appendix 9. The user is urged to read Chapter 6: ``Problems and Pitfalls'' in order to avoid the most obvious of these. In what follows we have attempted to supply a few simple rules, which will, we hope, keep the less careful user from going into forbidden territory.


Tim Kallman 2014-04-04