Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Citation bias and unfounded authority

Bias is omnipresent and operates at many levels. We're all familiar with publication bias but there's a less will appreciated form: citation distortion. This can occur by several means such as selectively citing papers that support a claim while ignoring those that refute it, or by citing papers in support of a claim but which have no original research data.

H/T to Secondhand Smoke.

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