Irreproducible research on 60 Minutes

If your research cannot be reproduced, you might end up on 60 Minutes. Two days ago the new show ran a story about irreproducible research at Duke. You can find the video clip here.

I believe the 60 Minutes piece was somewhat misleading. It focused on data manipulation and implied that the controversial results followed from the manipulated data. As Keith Baggerly explains here, that is not the case. The conclusions do not follow from the (erroneous) data. The analysis itself was irreproducible. That discovery started the whole saga.

Update: Here’s some footage that 60 Minutes recorded but did not include on Sunday. “The systems we have in academia, especially with something this complicated, shield sloppy science and fraud.”

Update: Guess someone took that video down. Sorry.

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