Year: 2019

Good Science Requires Unceasing Explanation and Advocacy

Recently in Australia a proposal was made for an “independent science quality assurance agency”. Justification for the proposal made specific reference to “the replication crisis” in science. Surely we can all support a call for quality assurance in science? Not

Open Statistics Conference – Talk and Resources

I had the great pleasure today of discussing the estimation approach (New Statistics) at the Open Statistics / Open Eyes conference in Cesena, University of Bologna. Here I’m posting some resources for those looking to get started with the New

Registered Reports: Conjuring Up a Dangerous Experiment

Last week I (Bob) had my first Registered Report proposal accepted at eNeuro. It’s another collaboration with my wife, Irina, where we will test two popular models of forgetting. The proposal, pre-registration, analysis script, and preliminary data are all on

Transparency of reporting sort of saves the day…

I’m in the midst of an unhappy experience serving as a peer reviewer. The situation is still evolving but I thought I’d put up a short post describing (in general terms) what’s happened because I’d be happy to have some

Meta-Science: It’s all Happening in Melbourne

Are you interested in meta-science? In Open Science? If so, check out the inaugural conference of AIMOS, the Association for Interdisciplinary Research &Open Science. It’s a two-day meeting, on 7 & 8 November, at the University of Melbourne. There’s an

eNeuro’s new push to encourage estimation

eNeuro, one of the two journals published by the Society for Neuroscience, has revised its author guidelines to encourage estimation. That’s great news. Here is: The announcement and comment from editor Christophe Bernard An accompanying commentary from us that explains

‘Open Statistics’: It’s All Happening in Italy

I knew good things were happening at the University of Bologna this (northern) summer. Now I know the details. The brochure is here, and this is part of the title page: What do they mean by ‘Open Statistics’? As I

The New Statistics Videos: 5 Years On

This week’s news email from the APS includes this interesting item: Aha, I thought, they are giving publicity to Tamara and Bob’s wonderful workshop at the APS Convention last month. Great! But the link didn’t go to the materials for

To Understand (or Teach) CIs, Adopt an Estimation Mindset

Update 8 June. Some minor tweaks. Addition of the full reference for two papers mentioned. Of course I would say that, wouldn’t I?! It’s the basis of ITNS and a new-statistics approach. But the latest issue of SERJ adds a

Do People Have a Binary Bias?

For years I’ve been working on changing my thinking–even when just musing about nothing in particular–from “I wonder whether…” to “I wonder to what extent…”. It has taken a while, but now I usually do find myself thinking in terms