What is reproducible research?

June 22, 2016

(This article was first published on Daniel's Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I was asked about my understanding of reproducible research, and how that applies to social research.
Here is how I see: Reproducible research is key to any scientific method, including applied social sciences. My minimalist understanding of reproducible research is quite simple: The capacity of repeating an experiment in any place with any person.

Science approach

A study can be truly reproducible when it satisfies at least the following three criteria.
– All methods are fully reported.
– All data and files used for the analysis are (publicly) available.
– The process of analyzing raw data is well reported and preserved.

Same data + Same script = Same results

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