Unlikely Data

Connoisseurs of scientific fraud may enjoy David Grann’s terrific article about an art authenticator in the current New Yorker and this post about polling irregularities. What are the odds that two such articles would appear at almost the same time?

I suppose I’m an expert, having published several papers about data that was too unlikely. With Saul Sternberg and Kenneth Carpenter, I’ve written about problems with Ranjit Chandra’s work. I also wrote about problems with some learning experiments.

2 Replies to “Unlikely Data”

  1. Tom, that’s a very interesting blog post that you referenced. The author is largely self-taught when it comes to statistics. I’d like to see a second opinion from a professional. Seth? Andrew Gelman? Any interest in examining this?

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