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  1. Not p-hacking, just publication bias

    Daniel Lakens, Eindhoven University of Technology

    27 November 2015

    Despite the suggestion this might be p-hacking, this is just publication bias. The authors follow previous studies that fail to use a formal model of the distribution of p-values. If they had taken the effort to use a formal model, it would have become clear there is no evidence of p-hacking. I've explained this in detail in this article: We don't need low quality arguments suggesting there might be p-hacking on a massive scale. There is a problem, but it is very difficult to identify (see also 

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