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Hmmm. Maybe the R-Factor is NOT the answer.

In a recent post, TRN highlighted a recent working paper touting the benefits of something called an “R-Factor.” The R-Factor is a metric that would report — for each published empirical study — the reproducibility rate of that study in…

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ISO-AHOLA: On Reproducibility and Replication in Psychological and Economic Sciences

[This blog is a summary of a longer treatment of the subject that was published in Frontiers in Psychology in June 2017.  To read that article, click here.] Physicists have asked “why is there something rather than nothing?” They have theorized that…

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IN THE NEWS: NY Times (MAY 29, 2017)

[From the article “Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results” by Aaron E. Carroll at The New York Times/The Upshot website]   “Science has a reproducibility problem. … As long as the academic environment has incentives for…

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If the American Statistical Association Warns About p-Values, and Nobody Hears It, Does It Make a Sound?

[From the article, “The ASA’s p-value statement, one year on”, which appeared in the online journal Significance, a publication of the American Statistical Association] “A little over a year ago now, in March 2016, the American Statistical Association (ASA) took…

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“Rigor Mortis”: The Retraction Watch Interview with Richard Harris

Reproducibility is not just an issue in economics.  In a new book, “Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions”, NPR science reporter Richard Harris describes and elaborates on the problem of irreproducibility for medical…

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Got Reproducibility? No? Check out the Project Tier Workshop for Faculty

[From the Project Tier website]  Project Tier offers faculty development workshops to help faculty incorporate reproducibility in their research supervision and teaching. “These Workshops will introduce participants to the TIER protocol for replicable empirical research. They are intended for faculty…

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Another Session on Reproducibility at the 2017 ASSA Meetings

TRN previously posted about two sessions on replication at the 2017 ASSA meetings. In what may be a sign of changing times, the American Economic Association is sponsoring a third session on this topic. The session, “Meta-Analysis and Reproducibility in…

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The American Statistical Association Announces A New Reproducibility Policy

[From Dave Giles’ blog Econometrics Beat]  The American Statistical Association announced several new initiatives to enhance reproducibility at its flagship journal, the Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA).  In addition to requiring submitters to provide data and code, JASA…

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StatTag: A Free Plug-in For Producing Dynamic Documents in Word

[From the StatTag webpage at Northwestern University] “StatTag is a free software plug-in for conducting reproducible research. It facilitates the creation of dynamic documents using Microsoft Word documents and statistical software, such as Stata. Users can use StatTag to embed statistical…

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Reproducibility: The Year in Review

[From the article “The State of Reproducibility: 16 Advances from 2016”, posted at the website for JoVE, the Journal of Visual Experiments]  “2016 saw a tremendous amount of discussion and development on the subject of scientific reproducibility. Were you able…

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