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The Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) is sponsored by the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) and Penn Law School. The conference features original empirical legal scholarship by leading scholars from a diverse range of fields. The 8th annual CELS will take place on October 25-26, 2013, at Penn Law School.
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Friday, October 25 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Invited Lectures I: p-curve: A key to the file-drawer, Uri Simonsohn

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Presenter: Uri Simonsohn


Because scientists tend to report only studies (publication bias) or analyses (p hacking) that “work,” readers must ask, “Are these effects true, or do they merely reflect selective reporting?” We introduce p-curve as a way to answer this question. The p-curve is the distribution of statistically significant p values for a set of studies (ps<.05). Because only true effects are expected to generate right-skewed p-curves—containing more low (.01s) than high (.04s) significant p values—only right-skewed p-curves are diagnostic of evidential value. By telling us whether we can rule out selective reporting as the sole explanation for a set of findings, p-curve offers a solution to the age-old inferential problems caused by file drawers of failed studies and analyses.

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Uri Simonsohn

University of Pennsylvania

Friday October 25, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
S 240B