Experimental Computer Science: The Need for a Cultural Change
The culture of computer science emphasizes novelty and self-containment, leading to a fragmentation where each research project strives to create its own unique world. This ap- proach is quite distinct from experimentation as it is known in other sciences — i.e. based on observations, hypothesis testing, and reproducibility — that is based on a presupposed common world. But there are many cases in which such experimental procedures can lead to interesting research results even in computer science. I t is therefore proposed that greater acceptance of such activities would be beneficial and should be fostered.