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Ethics and the Replication Crisis in Science

February 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Professor Andrew Gelman will discuss “Ethics and the Replication Crisis in Science”.

Description: Busy scientists sometimes view ethics and philosophy as “touchy-feely” concern that scientists worry about only after they are too old to do real research.  In this talk I argue that, on the contrary, that ethics and philosophy are practical tools that can make us more effective scientists.  Many of the traditional discussions of statistical ethics are outdated, but we can move to a more modern understanding of ethics in statistics–and in science more generally–by looking more closely at the goals and practices of quantitative research.  The current replication crisis in science motivates much of this discussion, but our discussion will consider broader issues too.

About the speaker: Andrew Gelman is a professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University. He has received the Outstanding Statistical Application award from the American Statistical Association, the award for best article published in the American Political Science Review, and the Council of Presidents of Statistical Societies award for outstanding contributions by a person under the age of 40. His books include Bayesian Data Analysis (with John Carlin, Hal Stern, and Don Rubin), Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks (with Deb Nolan), Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models (with Jennifer Hill), Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do (with David Park, Boris Shor, Joe Bafumi, and Jeronimo Cortina), and A Quantitative Tour of the Social Sciences (co-edited with Jeronimo Cortina).



February 28, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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