Philosophy of Science:1-22 (forthcoming)

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Bennett Holman
Yonsei University
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Numerous philosophers of science have argued that the incentive structure of science is a major contributor to the replication crisis. In this paper I review FiveThirtyEight’s election forecasting model and show that it confronts similar problems in political polling and successfully mitigates them, not by changing the incentives, but by weighting a pollster’s effect on the model by their past reliability. I argue that a similar weighting procedure holds a promising approach to addressing the replication crisis in science.
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