The Hi-Tech War On Science Fraud.
This long read has a remarkably noble intent, yet highly controversial outworking; it also discusses some of the most publicised frauds in scientific research in history. Can a computer-generated human-crafted logarithmic programme fact-check satisfactorily scientific data, whether it is fake or manipulated results? Statcheck had been profiled in this article, but it is in its infancy in development and its use is limited to published psychological papers. Statisticians are figuring out more sophisticated ways and tools than just checking the veracity of mathematical and statistical calculations, at this moment. How can science research be policed, and by whom, remains an intractable topic. The pressure for academics to publish is overwhelming, and the number of science fraud, although small compared to the hundreds of thousands of papers published each year, only illustrate further the problem. Obviously, if public trust in scientific papers is to be preserved, then discrediting fraudulent research needs to be pursued to identify data manipulation before too much harm has been done. To date, the mode of such discovery mainly comes from fellow researchers and colleagues who are familiar with data outcome that appears too perfect or weird, but these exposures usually took years to surface for obvious reasons.
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