Memo to Reinhart and Rogoff from a political scientist who’s made various data errors over the years: I think it’s best to admit your errors and go on from there

We all make mistakes now and then, and we’re not always lucky enough to catch them in time. Admit it and move forward.

One Response to Memo to Reinhart and Rogoff from a political scientist who’s made various data errors over the years: I think it’s best to admit your errors and go on from there

  1. Barry April 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    (note: I’m working off of the analysis posted at The Next New Deal: http://www.nextnewdeal.net/rortybomb/researchers-finally-replicated-reinhart-rogoff-and-there-are-serious-problems#.UW147o4A23o.twitter)

    At this point, they’ve been found to (a) have selectively edited the data, with the result of removing point contrary to their hypothesis, (b) used an extreme weighting scheme in handling multiple years of data which supported their hypothesis, (b1) did not report on the weighting, (b2) did not conduct a basic sensitivity analysis on the weighting.

    I’ve lost the link, but somebody had a link to a talk given by R&R where they claimed causality, despite no causal evidence.

    At this point, the question is no longer one of innocent errors, IMHO.