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February 27, 2012 AT 12:00 am

If you want reproducible science, the software needs to be open source

Pt 705

Nature Editorial: If you want reproducible science, the software needs to be open source.

Modern scientific and engineering research relies heavily on computer programs, which analyze experimental data and run simulations. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a scientific paper (outside of pure theory) that didn’t involve code in some way. Unfortunately, most code written for research remains closed, even if the code itself is the subject of a published scientific paper. According to an editorial in Nature, this hinders reproducibility, a fundamental principle of the scientific method.


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  1. And all data should be posted and made widely available.

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