Saturday, August 18, 2012

Replication of results

I haven't talked much here about reproducing results of studies, mostly because most studies have so much to pick at from the outset that it doesn't matter.  However, a new initiative is looking to highlight reproducibility in scientific studies, and encourage independent verification of results.

I think this is pretty cool.

Right now, journals tends to value originality of research over anything else, and that can lead to incentive problems.  In fact, the woman who helped start the replication initiative did so after she had trouble finding someone to publish a paper that called in to question her own previous research when she was unable to replicate it.

Repeating results is supposed to be one of the fundamentals of the scientific method.  Good to see it finally getting it's due.