The Curious Incident of the Fly in the Night

August 19, 2014 5:00 PM

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The Curious Incident of the Fly in the Night

In a recent post, I wrote about the establishment of a new Statistical Board of Reviewing Editors at Science magazine -- a response, in part, to emerging concerns about poorly applied statistical methods in published research results. As I wrote, I believe that the establishment of a new research board is characteristic of how a healthy scientific community should react to signs of problems: no one benefits when insufficiently justified results are published.

However, I also mentioned that I believe the problem is not as dire as some headlines suggest, and I'd like to tell a story to illustrate my point.

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