Tag Archives: data sharing

Replication chains: Political tolerance taken apart

Screen Shot 2013-03-08 at 6.28.24 PMHow would you like it if someone replicated your paper? Will it help you, and give you more citations, or will it cause rage? Some authors defend their original work against replication by writing an ‘answer’ paper, and they might claim that the replication was fundamentally flawed or contained statistical and reporting errors. Here’s another interesting replication chain.
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Replication chains: voter calls and turnout

Screen Shot 2013-03-08 at 6.28.24 PMSometimes an author, when being replicated by someone, answers to that replication in a new paper. In that new paper (s)he again might replicate some of the disputed results. Most authors defend their earlier paper by claiming that the replication was: fundamentally flawed, contains statistical and reporting errors, is of trivial nature, or less realistic and of limited utility. Such replication chains are not just entertaining academic slugfest, but they are useful because they provide detailed discussions about data and methods in the field.
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“Just outsheeted the Stata file to a csv”

I could not open a data set with the outdated STATA version on my university computers. I received this helpful email:

Hi Nicole,

(…) I’m happy to help – I just outsheeted the Stata file to a csv file. I hope this works for you. (…) Let me know if this doesn’t work.

Best,
_________

 

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“My doctoral institution bought the data”

Nicole,

(…) The ____ dataset I am afraid I can’t give you, because my doctoral institution bought it and it is proprietary. (…)

Best,
___________

 

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Best of replication & data sharing Collection 1

bestofThese are the best pieces I came across in the last two weeks on replication, reproducibility & data sharing. While not strictly on political science, they are inspiring and worth discussing. Collection #1 (January 20 – February 2, 2013).
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Sharing of qualitative data is possible, but the “volume of information is gigantic”, says Todd Landman

In the second part of our interview, political scientist Todd Landman (University of Essex) talks about how replication can be used in statistics training, how he administers his own data, why he is skeptical of replication as a dissertation, and how data sharing can work for qualitative researchers. (Read part I of the interview here)
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Human rights scholar Todd Landman on replication: “Be as public as you possibly can”

hr-headPolitical scientist Todd Landman (University of Essex) talks about data sharing ethos in the quantitative human rights field. In our interview he proposes that all journals should have a data depository, and explains how replication can improve methods and estimation techniques.
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