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: This sums up my opinion
by kwan_e on Mon 16th Apr 2012 09:02 UTC in reply to "This sums up my opinion"
kwan_e
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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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RE[3]: This sums up my opinion
by kwan_e on Mon 16th Apr 2012 10:57 in reply to "RE[2]: This sums up my opinion"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

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


You can say that about every sufficiently important scientific study. Yet researchers still must verify the results independently, and they used to do it for complex studies without source code.

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