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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This sums up my opinion
by lucas_maximus on Mon 16th Apr 2012 08:55 UTC
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

This is a little simplistic.

Knowing the algorithm and having access to the data should be sufficient for replication, having the original code is not necessary.

In fact, being able to reproduce the algorithm yourself, i.e. writing your own code, is a better test than merely inspecting


However this doesn't scale for larger programs.

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RE: This sums up my opinion
by kwan_e on Mon 16th Apr 2012 09:02 in reply to "This sums up my opinion"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

"In fact, being able to reproduce the algorithm yourself, i.e. writing your own code, is a better test than merely inspecting


However this doesn't scale for larger programs.
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Science isn't an economic endeavour. Accuracy should be preferred over scale or efficiency.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

no but if you have a sufficiently large program it might not be feasible to recreate.

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