Computer science often seems to be divided between two perspectives:
Mathematical perspective: researchers evaluate their work primarily theoretically using computation models.
Engineering perspective: researchers evaluate their work primarily empirically using (often ad-hoc) benchmarks.
A purely mathematical view of computational realities seems insufficient, as a study of computational realities will not only involve machines and algorithms, but also their interaction
with data coming from the natural world.
A purely engineering-focused view of computational realities may yield some results today, but does little in terms of building a solid foundation for the future.
The goal of this site is to introduce the third perspective (very likely attempt #142, but we will keep trying!):
Scientific perspective: researchers evaluate their work primarily scientifically using predictive computation models and antagonistic experimental designs.
One could argue, this site aims to unite the two old perspectives through a common enemy: change.
In case, one is less keen on hostilities and more interested in progressing research,
there is also the possibility of adopting the synergetic cycle of science:
Who is behind this site?
Having mentioned subjective biases on the main page, it needs to be disclosed that this site is currently edited by a postdoctoral researcher
who is most familiar with the database community. Despite that, the site is not meant as a personal outlet and everyone is invited to join the effort, contribute content and help coordinate individual efforts across
many computer science communities.
The views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of their employers.