Lecture tomorrow at the Simons Foundation

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Tomorrow afternoon, I'll be giving a talk at the Simons Foundation (160 5th Avenue, New York NY) with the title "Reproducible Research and the Common Task Method".

Despite the April 1 date, the topic is a serious one. For some background on why the concept of "Reproducible Research" is currently a hot topic, see Paul Voosen, "Amid a Sea of False Findings, the NIH Tries Reform", Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/16/2105:

While the public remains relatively unaware of the problem, it is now a truism in the scientific establishment that many preclinical biomedical studies, when subjected to additional scrutiny, turn out to be false. Many researchers believe that if scientists set out to reproduce preclinical work published over the past decade, a majority would fail. This, in short, is the reproducibility crisis.

Ten years ago, John Ioannidis explained the problem: "Why most published research findings are false", PLoS Medicine 2005.

And for more (than you probably want) on the topic, see the videos of a workshop "Statistical Challenges in Assessing and Fostering the Reproducibility of Scientific Results", held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2/26-27/2015, including my presentation.

My talk tomorrow will follow the 2/26 presentation fairly closely, though I will try to be more explicit about possible lessons for some types of biomedical research.

A few relevant previous LLOG posts:

"Reproducible Research", 11/14/2008
"Reproducible Science at AAAS 2011", 2/18/2011
"Big Inaccessible Data", 6/4/2012


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