New software aims to make science more replicable

But if everyone agrees on the need for specialized equipment in research, shouldn't the same mindset apply to every aspect of the scientific process? Why is it, then, that when writing scientific reports, most researchers still use the same program that came with their first computer?

"Most people write their papers in Word, which is not a good scientific publishing environment," said John Kitchin, professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. "For example, Word has no way to log your data as you go or record exactly how it was analyzed. It isn't practical to see where the data in a figure came from. So when researchers are making their supporting information file-which contains much of the data and analysis that explains just how the study was done-they're forced to reconstruct what they think they did from memory."

Kitchin, whose research focuses mainly on software development for modeling materials and solving problems in engineering, saw this unfortunate trend in his own scientific report writing, and decided to do something about it. That's why he created SCIMAX: a software specifically designed for the purpose of writing scientific reports.

SCIMAX is an open-source, fully integrated program that combines the function of Word-namely, the narrative portion of the report-with everything else that one might need when writing a research paper. The data, the code, the bibliography-there's a place in the program for everything, already perfectly formatted and ready for input. And this is key, because doing these things in other programs often leads to serious problems.

"I saw a paper where the author had copied their MATLAB code into Word," Kitchin said. "Even that is better than what many people do. But because they copied it and didn't run it from Word, they forgot to copy two of the files that you need to actually run it. So suddenly, the code in the paper-the same code they claim is what helped them run their study-flat out doesn't work."

It may sound like semantics-whether you use one program or another to write your reports-but according to Kitchin it has widespread implications for the integrity of science.

"So when I write a paper, I can tell you in the paper that I did something, and I can tell you that it worked," Kitchin said. "But without the accurate dataset, and in many cases the actual code used to analyze it, there's no way for you to take the paper and replicate my work. And that's a fundamental failing on our part."

Website search

Recently updated

ACT Key Crack Plus Keygen ACT Key Crack & Activation Code Recover passwords for ACT! files
OneNote Password Recovery Key Crack + Activator Download 2020 OneNote Password Recovery Key Crack + Serial Number A password recovery tool that is designed to retrieve passphrases for MS OneNote files by using a combination of various attacks
P2 Commander Crack + Activator Download P2 Commander Crack With License Key 2020 A reliable and effective solution that helps you to perform comprehensive digital forensic examinations and deleted data recovery

Software News

Jul 2
NOVID, a contact tracing app that anonymously traces users' exposure to COVID-19, is the first such app in the world to demonstrate the distance accuracy required to perform contact tracing without significant false positives. ...
Jul 1
The technology company Red Hat said Tuesday that it would take measures to remove contentious terms like "master/slave" from its source code and other areas, in an effort to make its products more inclusive.
Jun 30
It's hard to believe in this age of computer viruses, phishing attacks, ransomware, trojan horses, denial-of-service attacks and keystroke logging that there was once a time before the Internet when just about the only worry ...
Jun 29
Cybersickness, or motion sickness during the use of virtual reality, can be a major roadblock to the development and adoption of augmented and virtual reality technology. Now researchers at UTSA have built GingerVR, the first ...
Jun 24
The UK's coronavirus contact tracing app has been kicked into the long grass, with the government now saying it isn't a priority and may not be ready until winter. The app-which has so far cost nearly £12 million - was ...
Jun 23
Sword fights are often the weak link in virtual reality (VR) fighting games, with digital avatars engaging in battle using imprecise, pre-recorded movements that barely reflect the player's actions or intentions. Now a team ...
Jun 23
As players embark on the third season of "Fortnite" launching last week, some players have noticed the absence of police cars.

About us

Welcome to new crack resource! Our service can generate cracks, keygens and serials for your software to unlock it. CrackDownloadz provides a lot of popular cracks and keygens. No spyware and adware at all, just download new cracks, keygens and serials. If you have a software that needs a crack feel free to contact us.

Also you may contact us if you have software that needs to be removed from our website.