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  •  Whatever the merits of this particular (0+ / 0-)

    study and the reasons for its conclusions/errors, there is no basic rule of science to publish the data.  There's no format for it, nor would it be feasible.  Nor would it guarantee accuracy, because data itself often has to be extrapolated and collated.  Your statements make me wonder about the basis for your convictions about how science is practiced, reviewed, and published.  My only concern is that more people don't have the same misconceptions.

    The replicability of data is based on sharing the methods of the research, not the raw data of it.  Even when research is based on data that can be sourced, that doesn't ensure that there isn't an error along the lines that I've outlined.

    There's a presumption of integrity and competence among scientists.  When one of those fails, it's a big deal.  But errors get made all the time in research and one can only hope that they get caught before the work is published.

    •  in an economics paper such as this (0+ / 0-)

      you DO publish the raw data. I totally agree that there is no basic rule of science because different studies vary. And your points about not guaranteeing accuracy are well-taken. But when using prior historical data in economic studies, you absolutely include either the data or specific references where the data can be found.

      For that reason, the journal that published this is as much at fault as anyone. Undoubtedly, the authors' reputations contributed to how that went down.

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      by eparrot on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:53:13 AM PDT

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      •  Internet Has Improved Availability Of Data Sets (0+ / 0-)

        It is more common now to have the data sets available for download on a journal's website.

        This data set was so small it could have been included as a table of fine print in the text version of the article.

        There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

        by bernardpliers on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 10:11:43 AM PDT

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