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Archive for June 2008

What a Proposal Looks Like

I got word earlier this week that The MathWorks (makers of MATLAB) had approved my request for funding to spruce up the Software Carpentry notes, and find out how scientists are actually using computers. I faxed a signed copy of the paperwork down to them today—with luck, work will start in a couple of weeks, and I’m very excited to have a chance to work with the NRC’s Janice Singer on the survey.  And since students (graduate and undergraduate alike) occasionally ask about how academic funding works, the text of the proposal is below the cut. It isn’t quite the same as programming, but in the end it might be more useful…
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Written by Greg Wilson

2008/06/13 at 14:18

Posted in MathWorks

Faking Results

Via BoingBoing, a story about scientists Photoshopping experimental results. Sometimes it’s outright fakery; sometimes they’re just “cleaning up” or “correcting”. Either way, it raises an interesting question: how often are people doing this with computational results? Without scientists’ code, or any other way to reproduce their work, we’ll probably never know.

Written by Greg Wilson

2008/06/06 at 09:41

Posted in Content, Noticed

Three Weeks and Change

Everyone’s making good progress:

Oh, and it looks like I’m going to get a grant from The MathWorks to upgrade the Software Carpentry course and find out what scientists are actually doing with computers — more on that once I know whether Sadie and I have bought a house or not.

Written by Greg Wilson

2008/06/03 at 20:06

Posted in MathWorks