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Causal Inference Should Focus More on Mechanism Than Method

[From a post by Andrew Gelman at his blog, Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science] “If researchers and policy makers continue to view results of impact evaluations as a black box and fail to focus on mechanisms, the movement…

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Big New Replication Study in Nature! Read All About It!

[From the abstract of the article “Evaluating the replicability of social science experiments in Nature and Science between 2010 and 2015″, published in Nature Human Behaviour by Colin Camerer et al.] “Being able to replicate scientific findings is crucial for scientific progress. We replicate 21 systematically…

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StudySwap: eHarmony for Replicators

[From an interview with Christopher Chartier and Randy McCarthy at Retraction Watch]   “Do researchers need a new “Craigslist?” We were recently alerted to a new online platform called StudySwap by one of its creators … The platform creates an “online marketplace” that previous researchers…

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Prediction Markets for Social Science Replication Project Opening Soon

The Open Science Framework announces the opening of a prediction market (PM) to accompany a new replication project.  Over the period September 2016 to September 2017, 21 experimental studies that were published from 2010-2014 in the journals Science and Nature  will…

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SCHÖNBRODT: Learn to p-Hack Like the Pros!

(NOTE: This ironic blog post was originally published on http://www.nicebread.de/introducing-p-hacker/)  My Dear Fellow Scientists! “If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.” This aphorism, attributed to Ronald Coase, sometimes has been used in a dis-respective manner, as if…

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