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Should Computer Scientists Experiment More?
16 Excuses to Avoid Experimentation

Walter F. Tichy
University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Nov. 1997


Computer scientists and practitioners defend the lack of experimentation with a wide range of arguments. Some arguments suggest that experimentation may be inappropriate, too difficult, useless, and even harmful. This article discusses several such arguments to illustrate the importance of experimentation for computer science.

This is a preprint of an article with the same title that appeared in IEEE Computer, 31(5), May 1998, 32-40.

Keywords: Empiricism, experiments, laboratory, scientific method.

Walter Tichy
Mon May 4 16:58:54 MET DST 1998