Experiments in Computing : A Survey

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Tedre , M & Moisseinen , N 2014 , ' Experiments in Computing : A Survey ' , Scientific World Journal . https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/549398

Title: Experiments in Computing : A Survey
Author: Tedre, Matti; Moisseinen, Nella
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Date: 2014
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Scientific World Journal
ISSN: 2356-6140
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/162412
Abstract: Experiments play a central role in science. The role of experiments in computing is, however, unclear. Questions about the relevance of experiments in computing attracted little attention until the 1980s. As the discipline then saw a push towards experimental computer science, a variety of technically, theoretically, and empirically oriented views on experiments emerged. As a consequence of those debates, today's computing fields use experiments and experiment terminology in a variety of ways. This paper analyzes experimentation debates in computing. It presents five ways in which debaters have conceptualized experiments in computing: feasibility experiment, trial experiment, field experiment, comparison experiment, and controlled experiment. This paper has three aims: to clarify experiment terminology in computing; to contribute to disciplinary self-understanding of computing; and, due to computing's centrality in other fields, to promote understanding of experiments in modern science in general.
Subject: COMPUTATIONAL-COMPLEXITY
SCIENCE
SCIENTIST
MODELS
MATHEMATICS
TECHNOLOGY
DISCIPLINE
VALIDATION
PROGRAM
MYTHS
113 Computer and information sciences
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