Lorin Hochstein

Ramblings about software, research and other things

Archive for January 2012

Redacting results in reviews

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Here’s a thought experiment: what if empirical software engineering papers were first reviewed with the results redacted? Once the reviewers had submitted the reviews of the redacted paper, they were then shown the full paper and did a full review. I wonder how much the final reviews would change in practice.

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January 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Posted in research, software

So, what happens if the programmer makes an error?

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If you’re building tools for use by developers, especially novices, you need to ask yourself this question again and again, or they’re going to get mighty confused by the error messages. Via Hacker News.

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January 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

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Well-deserved

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Nice to see Greg Wilson win a Sloan Foundation Grant  to advance his Software Carpentry project. It’s an education project to teach much-needed software development skills to scientists.

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January 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Posted in education, software

Data proposal needs some love

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Data proposal needs some love

I proposed a new Stack Exchange Q&A site, but so far it hasn’t garnered much interest. Am I the only one who is interested in random statistics but is too lazy to do the research to find them?

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January 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

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Tumbling

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Tumbling

I threw up a tumblr site for non-software-related jetsam and flotsam.

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January 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

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Transition

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Today is my last day at ISI. Tomorrow, I start at Nimbis Services.

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January 3, 2012 at 8:43 am

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