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Automatic error spotter gains in popularity

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Science  01 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6367, pp. 1118
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6367.1118

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When Dutch researchers developed an open-source algorithm designed to flag statistical errors in psychology papers, it received mixed reaction from the research community—especially after the free tool was run on tens of thousands of papers and the results were posted on the peer-review website PubPeer. Many questioned the accuracy of the algorithm, named statcheck, or said the exercise amounted to public shaming. But statcheck actually gets it right in more than 95% of cases, its developers claim in a study posted on the preprint server PsyArXiv on 16 November. Some outsiders agree, and are calling for routine use. Others still aren’t convinced.

  • * Dalmeet Singh Chawla is a science journalist based in London.

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