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In my academic career, I've read quite a few academic papers on various computer science topics. Many of which involve an implementation and some assessment of that implementation, yet I have found that very few of them actually publish the code they used.

To me, the benefits of including the actual implementation would be significant, namely:

  • Extension of trust or reproducability (just test it yourself!)
  • Clarification of ambiguities (particularly for papers written by non-native speakers)
  • Reuse of code for applications

So why is it that so few papers actually include any code?

I suppose that it might be the intention of the organization behind the paper to utilize the implementation in their own applications, and thus would not want to release it, but if that's the case, why even write the paper?


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