Thought for the month

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” Ovid, Roman Poet (43 BC – 17 AD).

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Dangerous tools?
A paper at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting has questioned whether we are producing erroneous science by the use of machine learning algorithms. The concern being that these tools have been developed specifically to find interesting things in datasets and so when they search through huge amounts of data they will inevitably find a pattern. A lack of reproducibility in science may also be a result. Others suggest that it is not the tools but how they are used that produces problems.

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