On (Not) Reading Papers

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“[A] proper reliability estimate might simply be impossible given just what is written in the text.” With the plethora of scientific papers published each year, scientists have taken to skimming papers. One reason why this isn’t so bad of a habit is that not all the relevant information is actually available in a paper. For example, sample sizes are frequently larger than reported in the paper, often due to botched samples. However, while the data may not be complete, the underlying consensus is frequently carried through to the abstract. Read full article here

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