Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Experimenter's Regress

More from "Science in Democracy"

"More recent studies suggest the dilemma of an
“experimenters’ regress”: the validity of replication rests on properly re-
peating the original experiment, but the only way to know whether one
has properly repeated the experiment is that it replicates the results of the
original. The only way to get out of such a dilemma is through social
processes of negotiation and compromise through which scientists reach
agreement on what will count as an adequate replication."

If you were one of those biology 101 students whose lab work never quite replicated the "right" results (like me) don't worry you're in good company. Blattman talks about this too.


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