Walter F. Tichy
University of Karlsruhe, Germany
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.