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No Science without Semantics
July/August 2007 (vol. 11 no. 4)
pp. 88, 86-87
Charles Petrie, Stanford University
Computer science often faces the criticism that it isn't actual science. Doing science means using the scientific method, which includes reporting results so that others can repeat and verify them. The problem with the computer science community is the lack of shared terms with precise semantics. When a researcher reports phenomenal results that can't be replicated, the author might be viewed as a brilliant alchemist, but such works undermine claims of being "science."
Index Terms:
semantics, formal definitions, grand challenge, computer science
Citation:
Charles Petrie, "No Science without Semantics," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 88, 86-87, July-Aug. 2007, doi:10.1109/MIC.2007.89
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