Why does software need to be open source? I use Mathematica, hardly open source, and the results are completely reproducible.

Hi Matt,
I am glad you are sharing this article!

May I share with you and your readers that THE open source language for statistical analysis (e.g: for doing science) is called R (see: http://www.r-project.org/).

And that the leading blog aggregator for the R community is running on WordPress (see: http://www.r-bloggers.com/) with over 340 bloggers writing about the R software.

With regards,
Tal

I would go further: code producing scientific results for publication should have at *some* testing applied the code. Lab equipment is calibrated and tested, why not the software equivalent.

Why does software need to be open source? I use Mathematica, hardly open source, and the results are completely reproducible.

Hi Matt,

I am glad you are sharing this article!

May I share with you and your readers that THE open source language for statistical analysis (e.g: for doing science) is called R (see: http://www.r-project.org/).

And that the leading blog aggregator for the R community is running on WordPress (see: http://www.r-bloggers.com/) with over 340 bloggers writing about the R software.

With regards,

Tal

I would go further: code producing scientific results for publication should have at *some* testing applied the code. Lab equipment is calibrated and tested, why not the software equivalent.

Disclaimer: I have a dog in this fight.