The Statistics of Replication: Considerations and Pitfalls


Recent research has questioned the replicability of scientific findings in various fields, including medicine, economics, and psychology. This research has also revealed that there is no standard analysis methods for replication. As a result, it is not clear how we should be designing and analyzing replication studies. This talk describes statistical considerations for studying replication, and examines their implications. It identifies some surprising statistical strengths and limitations of previous research, including the use of statistical methods with surprisingly high error rates. It then argues that such issues can be avoided in future efforts by taking into account key statistical considerations in the planning and analysis of replication studies.

Nov 18, 2021
Loyola University Chicago, Department of Mathematics and Data Science
Jacob M. Schauer
Assistant Professor

My research interests involve statistical methods for the social and health sciences.