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The costs and benefits of replication studies

  • Nicholas A. Coles (a1), Leonid Tiokhin (a2), Anne M. Scheel (a3), Peder M. Isager (a3) and Daniël Lakens (a3)...

Abstract

The debate about whether replication studies should become mainstream is essentially driven by disagreements about their costs and benefits and the best ways to allocate limited resources. Determining when replications are worthwhile requires quantifying their expected utility. We argue that a formalized framework for such evaluations can be useful for both individual decision-making and collective discussions about replication.

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Goldin-Meadow, S. (2016) Preregistration, replication, and nonexperimental studies. Association for Psychological Science Observer 29(8):2.
Wald, A. (1950) Statistical decision functions. Wiley.

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