Statistical Challenges in Assessing and Fostering the Reproducibility of Scientific Results

Summary of a Workshop

Michelle Schwalbe, Rapporteur

Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences





Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science

INTRODUCTION: Reproducibility is a defining feature of science, but the extent to which it characterizes current research is unknown. Scientific claims should not gain credence because of the status or authority of their originator but by the replicability of their supporting evidence. Even research of exemplary quality may have irreproducible empirical findings because of random or systematic error.