Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 01:12:21 GMT
Reply-To: Melvin Klassen <Klassen@UVIC.CA>
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From: Melvin Klassen <Klassen@UVIC.CA>
Organization: University of Victoria
Subject: Re: SAS IPO?
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On Thu, 16 Dec 1999 21:41:53, Howard_Schreier@ITA.DOC.GOV (Howard
> Parts of SAS might be open-source. The most likely candidates are statistical procedures.
> One scenario is that at some point research results derived with "black box"
> (non-open-source) software might not be accepted, or might suffer reduced credibility.
> That would more or less compel SAS and other vendors to go open-source.
Really? I think that the "opposite" would be true,
namely that any peer-reviewer should be able to replicate the
analysis, to verify that the results were not "cut-and-pasted",
by running his/her personal copy of the "black-box" software, after
certifying that the submitter and the reviewer each obtained the
software from an "authorized" source. Trying to confirm the results,
given "white-box" software (with various levels of
patches/enhancements/alterations) would be a logistical nightmare.
((posted and mailed -- some people have flaky news-servers))