In article <87lmymkim9.fsf at genehack.org>, "John S. J. Anderson"
<jacobs+usenet at genehack.org> wrote:
> For a bioinformatics paper (when no source code is available), I can't
> easily repeat the experiment, because I lack details of the way the
> algorithms in the paper were implemented. All I can do is look at the
> results the authors provide, and hope or trust that the programmer(s)
> were competent.
>> This is like reading a yeast genetics paper without having the
> genotypes of the strains given, or a biochemistry paper without
> details of the experimental conditions.
Good point. This statement deserves wide dissemination.
Write a letter to Nature. Seriously.
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