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Title Deleting Data Points
Long Title Deleting Data Points
Contributor/Contact John Banja, PhD? (jbanja@emory.edu)
Contributor Details John Banja, PhD?
Director, Section on Ethics in Research
Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
CTSA Emory
Case Study Provided Deleting data points is hardly uncommon. You print out all the data points on a scatter plot, and then see that there are a few points way over in left field (or lower right field) or anywhere but where they should be. This is such a familiar situation in research that statisticians have actually worked out strategies that describe how to delete these “funky” data.

This would imply that there are certain situations in which the practice is OK. But there are clearly instances where such deletion amounts to misrepresentation. What are the boundaries or criteria that distinguish ethical from unethical deletion of data?
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics
Variations in lab practices—legitimate and illegitimate variations,
Scientific methodology issues including research design_objectivity and bias,
Data reporting
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics No publication practices and responsible authorship topics
Peer Review Topics No peer review topics
Collaborative Science Topics No collaborative science topics
Research Misconduct Topics No research misconduct topics
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects No human subjects

URL http://www.actsi.org/areas/erks/ethics/index.html
RCR Keyword

Other RCR Keywords Data Points; Deception; Deleting; Misrepresentation; Outliers; Scatter Plot; Statisticians
Type of Case

Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.


Topic revision: r1 - 28 Oct 2011 - 14:56:12 - DebieSchilling
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