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"I recently started experimenting with Docker, which might be a solution to many of these problems. Basically, it is kind of like a lightweight virtual machine where you can set up a compute environment, including all the libraries, code, data, you need, in a single "image". That image can be distributed publicly and can seamlessly run on theoretically any major operating system. No need for the user to mess with installation, paths, etc. They just run the docker you provided, and everything is set up to run out of the box. Many others (e.g. here and here) have already started discussing this."
research  reproduction  virtual-machine  documentation  tip 
march 2015 by tsuomela
Problems with scientific research: How science goes wrong | The Economist
"Science still commands enormous—if sometimes bemused—respect. But its privileged status is founded on the capacity to be right most of the time and to correct its mistakes when it gets things wrong. And it is not as if the universe is short of genuine mysteries to keep generations of scientists hard at work. The false trails laid down by shoddy research are an unforgivable barrier to understanding."
science  reproduction  research  ethics  career  academia  verification 
march 2015 by tsuomela
Victoria Stodden | Institute for Data Sciences & Engineering
"Victoria Stodden is an assistant professor of Statistics at Columbia University. She completed her PhD in statistics and her law degree at Stanford University. Her research centers on the multifaceted problem of enabling reproducibility in computational science. This includes studying adequacy and robustness in replicated results, designing and implementing validation systems, developing standards of openness for data and code sharing, and resolving legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research."
people  academic  statistics  science  reproduction 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Science and Its Skeptics : The New Yorker
"At the same time, it is facile to dismiss science itself. The most careful scientists, and the best science journalists, realize that all science is provisional. There will always be things that we haven’t figured out yet, and even some that we get wrong. But science is not just about conclusions, which are occasionally incorrect. It’s about a methodology for investigation, which includes, at its core, a relentless drive towards questioning that which came before. You can both love science and question it. As my father, who passed away earlier this year, taught me, there is no contradiction between the two."
science  skepticism  reproduction  public-understanding 
november 2013 by tsuomela
Opening a can of data-sharing worms | Absolutely Maybe, Scientific American Blog Network
"Timothy Vines and colleagues did a study on how the reproducibility of data sets in zoology changes through time. They gathered 516 papers published between 1991 and 2011. And then they tried to track the data down. Even tracking down the authors was a challenge, never mind the actual data. As the years went by, a dwindling minority of papers were accompanied by author email addresses that still functioned. Vines’ luck with data was even worse. In the end, only 37% of the data even from papers in 2011 were still findable and retrievable. "
data-sharing  data  management  science  reproduction  accuracy 
september 2013 by tsuomela
Troubling Trends in Scientific Software Use
"Software pervades every domain of science (1–3), perhaps nowhere more decisively than in modeling. In key scientific areas of great societal importance, models and the software that implement them define both how science is done and what science is done (4, 5). Across all science, this dependence has led to concerns around the need for open access to software (6, 7), centered on the reproducibility of research (1, 8–10). From fields such as high-performance computing, we learn key insights and best practices for how to develop, standardize, and implement software (11). Open and systematic approaches to the development of software are essential for all sciences. But for many scientists this is not sufficient. We describe problems with the adoption and use of scientific software."
science  repetition  reproduction  software  open-source  sharing 
may 2013 by tsuomela
Reproductive Rights and the Long Hand of Slave Breeding | The Nation
"Bridgewater argues that because slavery depended on the slaveholder’s right to control the bodies and reproductive capacities of enslaved women, coerced reproduction was as basic to the institution as forced labor. At the very least it qualifies among those badges and incidents, certainly as much as the inability to make contracts. Therefore, sexual and reproductive freedom is not simply a matter of privacy
feminism  slave  history  reproduction  sex  gender  american-studies 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Is Psychology About to Come Undone? - Percolator - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"If you’re a psychologist, the news has to make you a little nervous–particularly if you’re a psychologist who published an article in 2008 in any of these three journals: Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, or the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Because, if you did, someone is going to check your work. A group of researchers have already begun what they’ve dubbed the Reproducibility Project, which aims to replicate every study from those three journals for that one year. "
science  reproduction  repetition  verification  psychology  social-science  social-psychology  research 
april 2012 by tsuomela

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