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IN THE NEWS: FiveThirtyEight (December 6, 2018)

[From the article “Psychology’s Replication Crisis Has Made The Field Better” by Christie Aschwanden, published at FiveThirtyEight] “The replication crisis arose from a series of events that began around 2011, the year that social scientists Uri Simonsohn, Leif Nelson and…

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FiveThirtyEight.com asks scientists to explain the meaning of a p-value. Hilarity ensues.

FROM THE ARTICLE:   The following is from an interview with Steven Goodman, co-director of METRICS. “Even after spending his ‘entire career’ thinking about p-values, he said he could tell me the definition, ‘but I cannot tell you what it means,…

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But Not as Good as Psychologists?

The website FiveThirtyEight has a thoughtful post reflecting on the recent study in psychology in which 100 experimental studies were replicated . At least two points are worth highlighting.  First, despite the concern about p-hacking, it turns out that one…

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On p-Hacking, Retractions, and the Difficult Enterprise of Science

This article in FiveThirtyEighty.com is a great read for lots of reasons.  The leitmotiv is that while science has its share of fraudsters and academic scammers, the underlying problem is that the scientific enterprise is inherently very, very difficult.  To…

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