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[OT - or may be not] The case for open computer programs


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The case for open computer programs
Darrel C. Ince, Leslie Hatton & John Graham-Cumming

Scientific communication relies on evidence that cannot be entirely
included in publications, but the rise of computational science has
added a new layer of inaccessibility. Although it is now accepted that
data should be made available on request, the current regulations
regarding the availability of software are inconsistent. We argue that,
with some exceptions, anything less than the release of source programs
is intolerable for results that depend on computation. The vagaries of
hardware, software and natural language will always ensure that exact
reproducibility remains uncertain, but withholding code increases the
chances that efforts to reproduce results will fail.


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