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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Black boxes in science are bad.
by tidux on Mon 16th Apr 2012 13:43 UTC
tidux
Member since:
2011-08-13

Yes, absolutely all source code relevant to published science should be freely available. Otherwise, how do we know there isn't some magic constant hidden in there compensating for systemic error? How do we even know the data's being analyzed at all? If research that relies on computation doesn't provide source code, it's basically unreproducible over the long term, since no OS or hardware platform lasts forever.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The algorithm and any formulas used will be part of the paper. Someone with significant understanding can reproduce and verify the results.

I don't think it is too different than working against a well written software specification.

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tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

Without the source code, how do you know that's the formula they used? For all you know, their RNGs could have always returned 3.

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