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[2]: Yes and no
by kwan_e on Mon 16th Apr 2012 08:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Yes and no"
kwan_e
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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


It doesn't matter because it's the published results that matter, and if the results are wrong, someone can verify it independently when its published. If you use the original source code, to verify, it's no longer independent.

In a research organization where there are hundreds of people pulling in open source code, you cannot guarantee someone did not pull code from the original base, leading to a compromised verification of the data.

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