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Should computer scientists experiment more?

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1 Author(s)
Tichy, W.F. ; Karlsruhe Univ., Germany

Computer scientists and practitioners defend their lack of experimentation with a wide range of arguments. Some arguments suggest that experimentation is inappropriate, too difficult, useless, and even harmful. This article discusses several such arguments to illustrate the importance of experimentation for computer science. It considers how the software industry is beginning to value experiments, because results may give a company a three- to five-year lead over the competition

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Computer  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

May 1998

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