Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2012 02:08 UTC
In the News "Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure. But most scientists still don't share one crucial piece of information - the source codes of the computer programs driving much of today's scientific progress." Pretty crazy this isn't the norm yet.
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RE: Yes and no
by looncraz on Mon 16th Apr 2012 07:43 UTC in reply to "Yes and no"
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During peer review, the code would be checked to verify any unexpected results.

With open code, any meaningful problem would be found and solved, and old studies could be easily re-run and verified or discarded.

With closed code, the bugs are never found, and the authors have no reason to repair it if they get what they think are sound results.

--The loon

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