Figure 6. | Publication bias and the canonization of false facts

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Research: Publication bias and the canonization of false facts

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University of Copenhagen, Denmark; University of Washington, United States; North Carolina State University, United States
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Download figureOpen in new tabFigure 6. Strengthening evidentiary requirements does not necessarily decrease canonization of false facts.

In panel A, the false positive rate is α=0.05, the false negative rate is β=0.2, the original belief in the claim is q0=0.5, and the evidentiary standards are symmetric τ1=1-τ0. In panel B, the false positive rate is increased to α=0.25 while the other parameters remain unchanged. Particularly in this latter case, increasing evidentiary standards does not necessarily decrease the rate at which false claims are canonized as facts.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.21451.007