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The answer is the Edlin factor

Garnett McMillan writes:

You have argued about the pervasive role of the Garden of Forking Paths in published research. Given this influence, do you think that it is sensible to use published research to inform priors in new studies?

My reply: Yes, I think you can use published research but in doing so you should try to account for selection and publication bias. It’s not always clear exactly how to do this. As the saying goes, further research is needed.


  1. Rahul says:

    We need a crowdsourcing website for the Edlin factor!

  2. Martha (Smith) says:

    (By area of research — with areas as small as possible, and subject to further refinement as more information is available)

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