Institute Fellow Stephen Eglen’s Codecheck initiative confirms reproducibility of COVID-19 model results

Posted by j.laird on 12 June 2020 - 9:30am
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Software Sustainability Institute Fellow Stephen Eglen's Codecheck initiative has independently reproduced results from Imperial College's high-profile model of COVID-19.

Codecheck, which Stephen Eglen runs with Daniel Nuest and is financially supported by Mozilla, verifies code in scientific studies from all disciplines, ensuring the results can be reproduced.

After rerunning the Imperial code, Codecheck certified the reproducibility of Professor Neil Ferguson's COVID-19 model, which had previously been criticised in the media. The findings recently featured in the Nature article: 
Critiqued coronavirus simulation gets thumbs up from code-checking efforts.

From codecheck.org.uk:

"Researchers that provide code and data will have their code independently run to ensure their work can be reproduced. The results from our independent run will then be shared freely post-publication. Our independent runs will act as a 'certificate of reproducible computation' to document that the research outputs could be replicated outside of the researcher’s lab."