Cheesy Science: What to Look For
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Quick Reference Guide to Cheesy Science
I. Problems of How the Question is Posed
- Missing Alternative Hypotheses or No Hypothesis at All
- Missing Variables
- Data Dredging
II. Problems with Experimental Design
- No or Not Enough Replication
- Psuedoreplication (replicates not independent)
- No Controls or Not Enough
- No Controls for Unwanted Effects of Experiment
III. Problems with Results and Conclusions
- Ad Hoc Explanations
- Overstepping Place, Time, Across Species
- Wrong Statistics
- Too Many Tests