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Readers' corner: The role of experiments in computer science

Authors
Journal
Journal of Systems and Software
0164-1212
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
30
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0164-1212(95)00050-b
Disciplines
  • Computer Science
  • Design

Abstract

Abstract It is sometimes suggested that computing research should be conducted as an empirical science, with all its algorithms, designs and models being subjected to quantitative experimental testing. I question the appropriateness of this view of research and argue that much of computing research does not, and should not, embody quantitative empirical claims. Experiments are, however, sometimes appropriate; I point out some ways in which computing experiments can fall short of normal scientific standards of rigour.

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