Re: [R] Re: Validation of R

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From: A.J. Rossini (rossini@blindglobe.net)
Date: Tue 22 Apr 2003 - 06:57:12 EST


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TyagiAnupam@aol.com writes:

> In a message dated 4/21/03 3:07:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> pgilbert@bank-banque-canada.ca writes:
>
>> There may be less work involved in doing (un-official) validation than there
>> is
>> in advertising how much is actually being done. Perhaps the simplest
>> approach is
>> for individuals to put together packages of tests with descriptions that
>> explain
>> the extent of the testing which is done, and then submit the packages to
>> CRAN.
>>
>
> Another suggestion to address the issue of validation in the long-term:
>
> 1) "Validation" of scientific research takes the form of peer-review, perhaps
> it is possible to come-up with a similar (not same) process for publishing
> software, while maintaining the openness.

Note that the journal of statistical software
(http://www.jstatsoft.org/) already does this.

> 2) We can also think of contribution to open source software as academic
> contribution

We can. I am personally aware of at least one major statistics
department that has decided that this is definitely not the case (and
aware of another that has).

best,
-tony

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