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Science: "Meet the ‘data thugs’ out to expose shoddy and questionable research"

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by Andy, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

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    Anybody up for pointing them in the direction of PACE?
    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/meet-data-thugs-out-expose-shoddy-and-questionable-research
     
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    Valentijn Not a moderator

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    Trish Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm sure I've come across these guys before. Their methods pick up things like means that are impossible numerically for the data and sample size. In other words, calculation errors or made up data.

    I don't think they have shown any interest in the more complex problems in PACE. And I doubt the PACE people got their sums wrong or made up data. They just did a whole lot of unscientific stuff that made their data crap.
     
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    JohnTheJack Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, Nick is well aware of it, and SMILE.
     
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    wdb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Dodgy sex-psychology paper finally gets retracted
    Research on men helping high-heeled women pulled because of sloppy data.

    Two years ago, Ars published a story about some famous psychology research that smelled... off. Psychologist Nicolas Guéguen's flashy findings on human sexuality appeared to be riddled with errors and inconsistencies, and two researchers had raised an alarm.
    Now, four years after James Heathers and Nick Brown first started digging into Guéguen's work, one of his papers has been retracted. The study reported that men were more helpful to women wearing high heels compared to mid heels or flats. "As a man I can see that I prefer to see my wife when she wears high heels, and many men in France have the same evaluation," Guéguen told Time in its coverage of the paper.
     

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