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: What is so complex
by Alfman on Tue 17th Apr 2012 02:28 UTC in reply to "What is so complex"
Alfman
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jburnett,

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

As long as it's described well enough (and perhaps even if it's not) then anything can be reimplemented - that is not a point of contention.

I just think it's more work to do so, that's all. If the scientific community has been doing it without source code all these years, then maybe it's not such a big deal. The main issue I have is when someone reads the paper thinking "gee, I would like to play with the numbers myself but I don't have the time/skill to write my own software from scratch".

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