Workshop on reliability in mathematical computing

In December, the present bloggers attended a workshop on reliability and reproducibility in computational and experimental mathematics, which was held at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The workshop participants included a diverse group, including computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, legal scholars, journal editors and funding agencies.

We have previously posted a brief report on the workshop in a previous Math Drudge blog. This report was also published in the Huffington Post. The full report issued by the meeting organizers is available here. The meeting, and the larger themes of reliability and reproducibility in computational science, continue to attract attention, in forums such as Wired.

The Simons Foundation, a large nonprofit devoted to mathematical research, published a feature article on the topic. The article contrasted the free-wheeling views of Rutgers University mathematician Doron Zeilberger, who has published mathematical research papers authored by “Shalosh B. Ekhad,” a pseudonym for his computer’s number, with those of more traditional mathematicians, who avoid or distrust computation. The Simons Foundation article mentions the ICERM workshop, and includes quotes from one of the present bloggers, and some other participants at the workshop.

Now the high-tech publication Wired has picked up on the story, publishing an article on the topic (which is basically the same as the Simons Foundation article). Some additional press coverage is likely. These will be listed here as they appear.

A more mathematically focussed piece Set the default to “open” is to appear in the Notices of the AMS.

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