@article{SonBraOng_et_al07, author = {S\"oren Sonnenburg and Mikio Braun and Cheng Soon Ong and Samy Bengio and Leon Bottou and Geoffrey Holmes and Yann LeCun and Klaus-Robert M\"uller and Fernando Pereira and Carl Edward Rasmussen and Gunnar R{\"a}tsch and Bernhard Sch\"olkopf and Alexander Smola and Pascal Vincent and Jason Weston and Robert Williamson}, title = {{The Need for Open Source Software in Machine Learning}}, journal = {Journal of Machine Learning Research}, year = {2007}, volume = {8}, month = {September}, pages = {2443--2466}, editor = {David Cohn}, abstract = {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 used, 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.}, pdf = {http://www.jmlr.org/papers/volume8/sonnenburg07a/sonnenburg07a.pdf}, }