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That is a bit like asking what you need source code for after having compiled the binary program.

Just like you have new versions of a program building on changes to source code, you can run newer and improved analysis on the scientific data (whether to see if you get the same result, a new additional insight or whatever).

Journal papers are often no better than having the binary (or perhaps more accurately the stdout dump of running the binary...)




Ah. Never thought of it that way, makes perfect sense. Thanks for the analogy.




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