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Important reason for squashing software bugs accuracy of scientific discoveries

  1. Dec 13, 2011 #1

    rhody

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    CERN's[/PLAIN] [Broken] boson hunters tackle big data bug infestation
    It's the software or the science that's been wrong

    One's analysis when processing experimental data must account for possible errors in the tools used to identify and detect expected behavior, not an easy task, which is why multiple, usually three or more methods are deemed necessary to rule out the possibility for false or erroneous results, before staking one's reputation and credibility on the accuracy of them.

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  3. Dec 13, 2011 #2

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    Re: Important reason for squashing software bugs... accuracy of scientific discoverie

    That wasn't their big announcement, was it??
     
  4. Dec 13, 2011 #3

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    Re: Important reason for squashing software bugs... accuracy of scientific discoverie

    No, I was just providing insight into how they verified the software for the data analysis tools that CERN uses. From the wiki link, apparently the Coverity Toolset is used by US Homeland Security as well.

    I find it odd that it is now 10:30 am EST in the US and about 3:30 PM in Geneva, and their isn't any internet stories breaking yet, previous experience with this sort of thing usually means about an hour to two hour delay before it hits the "Net", so to speak. If the conference is at 2 pm their time, I would expect to see news breaking in the next hour or so, so stay tuned.

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  5. Dec 13, 2011 #4

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    Re: Important reason for squashing software bugs... accuracy of scientific discoverie

    FYI, According to this story... the CERN conference will begin at:
    If this time is correct, I anticipate the announcement at or before 12:40 EST in the US from internet sources, not mainstream media, TV, radio which will be ahead of the curve, so to speak.

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    This story does include details of the conference, but they are only quotes out of context so I would wait for the official News feed from CERN for the whole story.

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