The long-read in the Guardian today by Stephen Buranyi featured our work at the Meta-Research Center. Specifically, it focuses on the work of Chris Hartgerink and Marcel van Assen on detecting fabricated data, and how the development and use of statcheck played a role in their research.
Read the full article here.
I’m honored and proud to announce that Sacha Epskamp and I won the 2016 Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science! This award is an initiative of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), and comes with a prize of
We are invited to attend the 2016 BITSS annual meeting to receive our prize, along with
seven other researchers and educators.
For more information about our nomination and the prize itself see: http://www.bitss.org/2016/12/02/sneak-peek-announcing-two-of-nine-winners-of-the-2016-leamer-rosenthal-prizes-for-open-social-science-michele-nuijten-and-sacha-epskamp/
Monya Baker wrote a nice article on statcheck in Nature and discusses the pros and cons of its uses.
You can find the article here.
I’m very excited to announce that the statcheck web app created by Sean Rife and sponsored by Rackspace is online and ready for use! You can find the app at http://statcheck.io.
Below you can find a short interview (Dutch with English subs) in which I explain what the app does.
The new statcheck 1.2.2* is now on CRAN!
- Improved the regular expressions to avoid that statcheck wrongly recognizes weird statistics with subscripts as chi-squares
- You can now choose whether to count “p = .000” as incorrect (this was default in the previous version)
- The statcheck plot function now renders a plot in APA style (thanks to John Sakaluk for writing this code!)
- Give pop-up window to choose a file when there is no file specified in “checkPDF()” or “checkHTML()”
For the full list of adaptations, see the History page on GitHub.
Besides the new updated package, I also created a detailed manual with instructions for installation and use of statcheck, including many examples and explanation of the output. You can find the manual on RPubs here.
* For the people who actually know what this numbering stands for: you may have noticed that the previous version on CRAN was version 1.0.2, so this seems like a weird step. It is. It’s because at first I had no idea what these numbers stood for (MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH), so I was just adding numbers at random. Actually the previous version should have been 1.1.x, which means that I’m now at 1.2.x. The last two PATCHES were because I messed up the R CMD check and had to fix some last minute things 🙂
Thanks to Felix Schönbrodt’s code to track CRAN R package downloads, I was able to see how often my packages statcheck and BayesMed were downloaded.
It turns out: quite a lot!
BayesMed: 9665 downloads since January 2014
statcheck: 4930 downloads since November 2014
Furthermore, it is quite clear when most academics are on holiday:
BayesMed is a package to perform a default Bayesian hypothesis test for mediation, correlation, and partial correlation. For more information, click here.
statcheck extracts statistics from articles and recalculates the p-value. For more information, click here.
There are too many statistical inconsistencies in published papers, and unfortunately they show a systematic bias towards reporting statistical significance.
Statistical reporting errors are not the only problem we are currently facing in science but at least it seems like one that is relatively easy to solve. I believe journal editors can play an important role in achieving change in the system, in order to slowly but steadily decrease statistical errors and improve scientific practice.
Nuijten, M.B. (2016). Preventing statistical errors in scientific journals. European Science Editing, 42, 1, 8-10.
You can find the post-print here.
I wrote a guest post for Retraction Watch about the development of Sacha’s and my R package “statcheck”, which automatically extracts statistical results and recomputes p-values.
Read it here: http://retractionwatch.com/2015/11/17/making-it-easier-and-more-automated-to-find-errors-a-guest-post-from-the-co-developer-of-statcheck/
In this paper we use the automated procedure “statcheck” to extract over 250.000 p-values from 30.000 psychology articles and check whether they are consistent.
We find that half of the articles contain at least one inconsistency, and 1 in 8 articles contains a gross inconsistency that affects the statistical conclusion. The prevalence of inconsistencies seems to be stable over time.
The article is Open Access and available here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13428-015-0664-2
I am nominated for the VIVA400 for my research about replication. The VIVA400 is a ranking of 400 Dutch women that have achieved something remarkable this year in the categories creativity, science, sports, or environment.
You could vote for me (or one of the other amazing candidates!) here: http://www.viva400.nl/knappe-koppen/michele-nuijten/