Episode 17

Self correcting


March 31st, 2020

50 mins 49 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode, Julia describes the process of finding and correcting a major error in one of her published papers. A programming mistake had generated a pattern of data that was, in fact, completely untrue. Julia shares how she discovered the error, the temptation to conceal it, and the process of disclosing it to her co-authors, the journal it was published in, her tenure committee, and others. Along the way, Julia and Jonathan talk about the incentive structures of science, the benefits of programmatic research and scientific transparency, and the importance of sharing our mistakes and how we fix them.

Theme music courtesy of The Bobby Dazzlers

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