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Does "Peer-Reviewed" make it True?

Posted Sep 14 2008 3:50pm

I wrote a post a couple days ago about epidemiology in which I quoted a line from a news article about wrong hypotheses. The concept of wrong hypotheses seems to have previously gotten a leg of its own in the blogosphere. Most notably, Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution wrote a thorough post entitled, " Why Most Published Research Findings are False" mirroring the title on an article written by John P. A. Ioannidis in PLOS Medicine.

The WSJ has even gotten in on the mix commenting on Dr. Ioannidis's article. This is a nice editorial full of resources if you wish to read more on this topic.

Speaking of the WSJ, I was excited to hear that Mr. Murdoch is considering eliminating the payed subscription requirement for the online journal much like the New York Times recently did as well. Hooray for free info!!!

Here is the diagram used by Tabarrok to explain the false findings argument:

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