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Systems Lunch: Getting everything wrong without doing anything right!

27 Sep
Friday, 09/27/2019 11:45am to 1:30pm
Systems Lunch

Github has a wealth of data; trying to mine those data for insights about the software development process is irresistible. This talk is a cautionary tale of what can go wrong if care and healthy skepticism are not applied to the results obtained from data torture. I will tell you about a study that aimed to link the choice of programming language to software defect and how that study failed at more or less every juncture.

Bio:  Jan Vitek is a Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston and holds an ERC grant at Czech Technical University in Prague. He is cited for his work on coverage detection in sensor networks, protein backbone NMR assignment, crack detection for wind turbines, calculi for mobility, and some assorted programming language and software engineering stuff. He occasionally writes code.

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