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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What is so complex
by jburnett on Mon 16th Apr 2012 16:56 UTC
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My academic background is computer science. I didn't publish any papers that had algorithms so complex they could not reimplemented. Some of the visualization and driver code was a pain, but the core algorithm I was describing was pretty tight and neat. All of computer science was that way, you almost never see a paper with an algorithm that is difficult to reproduce (aside from the really complicated math). When you do see such a paper, it was generally a hardware specific way of doing something where the specific hardware was annoying to program. But I always thought of those as more marketing than science.

So, what is so complex in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, etc... that it cannot be reimplemented fairly easily when given the core algorithm?

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