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The Need for Open Source Software in Machine Learning

2007

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Open source tools have recently reached a level of maturity which makes them suitable for building large-scale real-world systems. At the same time, the field of machine learning has developed a large body of powerful learning algorithms for diverse applications. However, the true potential of these methods is not realized, since existing implementations are not openly shared, resulting in software with low usability, and weak interoperability. We argue that this situation can be significantly improved by increasing incentives for researchers to publish their software under an open source model. Additionally, we outline the problems authors are faced with when trying to publish algorithmic implementations of machine learning methods. We believe that a resource of peer reviewed software accompanied by short articles would be highly valuable to both the machine learning and the general scientific community.

Author(s): Sonnenburg, S. and Braun, ML. and Ong, CS. and Bengio, S. and Bottou, L. and Holmes, G. and LeCun, Y. and Müller, K-R. and Pereira, F. and Rasmussen, CE. and Rätsch, G. and Schölkopf, B. and Smola, A. and Vincent, P. and Weston, J. and Williamson, RC.
Journal: Journal of Machine Learning Research
Volume: 8
Pages: 2443-2466
Year: 2007
Month: October
Day: 0

Department(s): Empirical Inference
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

Digital: 0
Language: en
Organization: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
School: Biologische Kybernetik

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@article{4768,
  title = {The Need for Open Source Software in Machine Learning},
  author = {Sonnenburg, S. and Braun, ML. and Ong, CS. and Bengio, S. and Bottou, L. and Holmes, G. and LeCun, Y. and M{\"u}ller, K-R. and Pereira, F. and Rasmussen, CE. and R{\"a}tsch, G. and Sch{\"o}lkopf, B. and Smola, A. and Vincent, P. and Weston, J. and Williamson, RC.},
  journal = {Journal of Machine Learning Research},
  volume = {8},
  pages = {2443-2466},
  organization = {Max-Planck-Gesellschaft},
  school = {Biologische Kybernetik},
  month = oct,
  year = {2007},
  month_numeric = {10}
}