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Scientific computation is emerging as absolutely central to the scientific method. Unfortunately, it's error-prone and currently immature-traditional scientific publication is incapable of finding and rooting out errors in scientific computation-which must be recognized as a crisis. An important recent development and a necessary response to the crisis is reproducible computational research in which researchers publish the article along with the full computational environment that produces the results. In this article, the authors review their approach and how it has evolved over time, discussing the arguments for and against working reproducibly.
Date of Publication: Jan.-Feb. 2009