Replication Meets a Study About Attitudes Towards Gays: How Could There Not Be Controversy?

[From the article “Study that said hate cuts 12 years off gay lives fails to replicate”, posted at Retraction Watch]
“A highly cited paper has received a major correction as a result of the ongoing battle over attitudes towards gay people, when a prominent — and polarizing — critic showed it could not be replicated.”
“Stanford University Professor John Ioannidis, who has studied reproducibility but was not involved in either replication attempt … told us: ‘I suspect [coding errors are] a common problem, but it is rare for authors to go back and recheck what they did. A failed replication may be an incentive to go back and recheck the data and the analysis code, so this is one extra benefit from replication attempts.'”
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