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Open Source Software in Math

Nov 20, 2007, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])

"This opinion piece in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, argues that since mathematicians increasingly rely on software in generating their results, we should be increasingly concerned about the use of proprietary math software, since (a) not everyone has access to that software and (b) the code used by that software is usually closed-source, so the algorithms used can't generally be evaluated.

"I agree. It's the same reason why I (and other scholars) don't like locking my information into proprietary file formats--academia has a tradition of free exchange of information, at least in the sense that academics almost always disclose all of their methods and results..."

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