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Producing wrong data without doing anything obviously wrong!

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Producing wrong data without doing anything obviously wrong!
This paper presents a surprising result: changing a seemingly innocuous aspect of an experimental setup can cause a systems researcher to draw wrong conclusions from an experiment. What appears to be an innocuous aspect in the experimental setup may in fact introduce a significant bias in an evaluation. This phenomenon is called measurement bias in the natural and social sciences. Our results demonstrate that measurement bias is significant and commonplace in computer system evaluation. By significant we mean that measurement bias can lead to a performance analysis that either over-states an effect or even yields an incorrect conclusion. By commonplace we mean that measurement bias occurs in all architectures that we tried (Pentium 4, Core 2, and m5 O3CPU), both compilers that we tried (gcc and Intel's C compiler), and most of the SPEC CPU2006 C programs. Thus, we cannot ignore measurement bias. Nevertheless, in a literature survey of 133 recent papers from ASPLOS, PACT, PLDI, an...
Todd Mytkowicz, Amer Diwan, Matthias Hauswirth, Pe
Added 22 Nov 2009
Updated 22 Nov 2009
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ASPLOS
Authors Todd Mytkowicz, Amer Diwan, Matthias Hauswirth, Peter F. Sweeney
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