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Effects and Artifacts: Robustness Analysis and the Production Process

Keyser, Vadim (2016) Effects and Artifacts: Robustness Analysis and the Production Process. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Scientists often use multiple independent methods of identification to distinguish reliable results from those produced in error (artifacts). This process is referred to as ‘robustness analysis’. I argue that even though robustness analysis is useful for differentiating natural phenomena from artifacts, it fails to differentiate experimentally produced effects from artifacts. I argue that to bypass this problem, we can re-frame the role of robustness analysis to focus on cross-comparison between methods of production. Focusing on the production relation provides information about how changes in conditions alter given effects, without first having to make a distinction between effect and artifact.


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Keyser, Vadimvadimkeyser@gmail.com
Keywords: robustness analysis, measurement, artifacts, effects, Hacking
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Vadim Keyser
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2016 13:12
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2016 13:12
Item ID: 12558
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 3 November 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12558

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