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The Shining: Panda Edition

January 19, 2013 by

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Or, Adventures in CI Py. As some of you may know I help run an open source nuclear engineering project called PyNE.  It is awesome, and complicated.  It isn’t complicated because it is nuclear related.  It is complicated because we provide C++ and Python APIs (which are idiomatic to each language) and data.  We also have the […]

Passive Reproducibility: It’s Not You, It’s Me

November 29, 2012 by

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The ICERM workshop on Reproducibility in Computational and Experimental Mathematics at Brown University is coming up in a couple of  weeks.  Prior to this, they invited all participants to submit a short position paper “…to express [our] thoughts on issues concerning reproducibility…”  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  I hope you enjoy my submission (below). Dear […]

A Big Challenge From an inSCIght Guest

October 31, 2012 by

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Sumana Harihareswara brought the fun to Episode 27: Ladies Who Learn And Code. Now, she’s bringing a big challenge to the geek community.  Sumana and her partner,  Leonard Richardson have pledged to support the Ada Initiative with a generous, $10,000 donation matching challenge. From Valerie Aurora’s Geek Feminism post on the topic : Sumana is a joyful, passionate […]

A Note on Replication

July 22, 2012 by

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SciPy 2012 Postview: The following is a section taken from my SciPy 2012 proceeding from the conference last week.   You can see the paper at github.  This post is a follow up to the “Why Reproducibility is Important” post.  I hope to do a recap of the conference itself next week!  (NOTE: flmake is a specific CLI utility for workflow management in the […]

Why Reproducibility is Important

July 13, 2012 by

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SciPy 2012 Preview: The following is a section taken from my SciPy 2012 proceeding for the conference next week.   You can see a preview of the paper at github.  I hope to see you at the conference (and my talk)! True to its part of speech, much of ‘scientific computing’ has the trappings of science […]

Open, Free, or Me: Return of the Binary in the Coalmine

June 28, 2012 by

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You may recall that a few months ago I wrote a post about how open source is a continuum and that free and open are orthogonal concepts.  Well, the nice people at the American Nuclear Society invited me to a round table discussion on software licences on Monday where I presented this material.  I figured I’d post my […]

UUID for #include Diamond Problem

June 22, 2012 by

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Hello scientists!  Sorry it has been a while since we posted.  We promise that there are episodes in the pipeline, coming soon to an eardrum near you! In the meantime, if you have ever programmed in C/C++ you are well aware of the #include diamond problem.  Basically you can’t have the same binary include the same header […]

University of Chicago Software Carpentry Bootcamp

April 5, 2012 by

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This post was cross-posted from software-carpentry.org in case you’ve been wondering what your inSCIghtful panelists are up to when they’re not making podcasts. This week, Anthony, Katy, and Milad were doing this : Software Carpentry brought a boot camp to the University of Chicago with collaboration from the FLASH Center at the University of Chicago’s Computational Institute and The […]

Evolution of a Solution

March 31, 2012 by

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the thought process of a computational scientist To appease the PI, our hero – the dashing, young scientist – faces down the following problem with moxie normally reserved for Marie Curie. In 2D or 3D, we have two points (p1 and p2) which define a line segment. Additionally there exists experimental data which can be […]

Binary in a Coalmine; Open Source as a Continuum

March 9, 2012 by

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A couple of weeks ago Milad (animal) and I engaged in a lively discussion at the NIF User Group Meeting banquet on the nature of free & open source. Specifically in contention was FLASH, the code we both work on for the University of Chicago. At the NIF User Group Meeting and elsewhere, FLASH has […]

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