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A recipe for irreproducibility

posted by Ole Peters

During the 2016 LML summer school, Max and I ended up discussing the irreproducibility crisis in science, and that led to a draft manuscript, published today on the arXiv:1706.07773, see also this earlier blog post. Over the last few years several (apparently reproducible!) studies have come out that confirm the crisis. For instance, a survey of scientists, conducted by Nature, found that 70% of respondents had at some point tried but failed to reproduce a published result.

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Science on Screen: Particle Fever with Semir Zeki

The second Science on Screen of the third series was presented by
Semir Zeki (Professor of Neuroesthetics at UCL), who chose Dir Mark
Levinson’s Particle Fever. Semir described how brain scans are now
beginning to reveal centres of the brain associated with the aesthetic
experience of beauty. Read more

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LML External Fellow Isaac Perez – New Paper

LML External Fellow Isaac Perez has had his paper titled ‘Improving randomness characterization through Bayesian model selection’ accepted to Nature: Scientific Reports. The paper can he accessed here.
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Science on Screen: Minority Report presented by Venki Ramakrishnan

Minority Report explores a world where a technological breakthrough has allowed mankind to foresee violent crimes a few minutes before they take place. The predictions are infallible except – and here the logic must not be excessively scrutinised — a special police unit can race to the scene, intervene, and alter the course of the otherwise unalterable future. Naturally, the short forecast horizon makes for dramatic scenes.

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LML External Fellow Isaac Perez – New Paper

LML External Fellow Isaac Perez has completed and submitted his joint paper titled ‘Level compressibility for the Anderson model on regular random graphs and the absence of non-ergodic extended eigenfunctions’ to Physical Review Letters. Working alongside Fernando Metz from the University of Santa Maria, Brazil, the full paper can be accessed here. Read more

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Science on Screen: Westworld presented by LML Fellow Alex Adamou

The final event of Season 2 of Science on Screen saw LML Resident Fellow, Alex Adamou, present Michael Crichton’s 1973 directorial debut, Westworld. Alex argued that the genre of science fiction, by creating models of reality with adjustable parameters, is more an exploration of society and the present than of science and the future. Read more

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Primary questions with RCA students

Nicholas Moloney attended the presentation by Royal College of Art students of their work on Primary Questions. This elective (supervised by Sheena Calvert and Leah Fusco) addressed questions such as representation, creative practice and creative thinking, and was broken down into What is an image? What is Materiality? What is Colour? What is Language? Read more

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Ergodicity economics blog launched

LML Fellows Ole Peters and Alex Adamou have launched a blog called Ergodicity Economics, to accompany their growing set of lecture notes and provide background information to LML’s economics project as it progresses.

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Peters and Gell-Mann 2016: most-read Chaos paper

The AIP journal Chaos announced today its most-read papers of 2016. Leading the list is “Evaluating gambles using dynamics” by LML resident Fellow Ole Peters and Santa Fe Institute Professor Murray Gell-Mann.

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An Empirical Test of the Ergodic Hypothesis: Wealth Distributions in the United States

Yonatan Berman and LML Fellows Ole Peters and Alex Adamou have published a substantially extended version of their recent paper on American wealth distributions Read more