American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

New York State Psychiatric Institute
and Columbia University
Seminar for Biostatistics in Psychiatry



THE CREDIBILITY CRISIS IN COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE:
ACCOUNTABILITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH

by

Victoria Stodden, Ph.D.
Department of Statistics
Columbia University


Abstract

Scientific computation is emerging as absolutely central to the scientific method, but the prevalence of very relaxed practices is leading to a credibility crisis affecting many scientific fields. It is impossible to verify most of the results that computational scientists present at conferences and in papers today. Reproducible computational research, in which all details of computations -- code and data -- are made conveniently available to others, is a necessary response to this crisis. In this talk I will discuss the emergent responses to the credibility crisis including computational tools for data and code dissemination, open licensing solutions such as the Reproducible Research Standard (Stodden 2008), and ongoing policy efforts in response to the Duke clinical trials scandal (see e.g. http://www.economist.com/node/21528593).

Biographical Note

SDr. Victoria Stodden (http://stodden.net) is Assistant Professor of Statistics at Columbia University. She completed her Ph.D. in statistics in 2006 and her law degree in 2007, both at Stanford University. Victoria currently serves as a member of the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI). Her research focuses on how pervasive and large-scale computation is changing our practice of the scientific method: reproducibility of computational results; the role of legal framing for scientific advancement; and developing statistical methodologies for model selection in high-dimensional data. She is the recipient of a two-year NSF EAGER grant for research on data and code sharing in journal policies. She is advisor to hackNY.org, an independent organization facilitating the connection between academia and the New York City startup community. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at both Harvard and Yale Law Schools and MITís Sloan School of Business, won the Kaltura Writing Competition in 2008, and co-chaired a working group for the National Science Foundationís Office of Cyberinfrastructureís recently released Task Force on Grand Challenge Communities. She is also a Science Commons fellow and a nominated member of the Sigma Xi scientific research society. Her webpage is http://stodden.net and she occasionally blogs at http://blog.stodden.net.


Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 P.M.
Location: New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive
6th Floor Multipurpose Room (6602)
New York, New York
(Directions)

RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED

Coffee: 3:00 P.M.
Informal Reception: 4:30 to 5:00 P.M.


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