Fake Data and the War in Iraq

Here are the slides from a talk I gave yesterday at RHUL's PIR department. It pulls together many threads that I've developed on the blog but I won't give the links here since they are embedded in the document.

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Fabrication in Survey Data: A Sustainable Ecosystem

Here is a presentation I gave a few weeks ago on fabrication in survey data. It includes some staple material from the blog but, mainly, I set off in a new direction - trying to explain why survey data get fabricated in the first place. While writing the presentation I realized that these conditions are similar … Continue reading Fabrication in Survey Data: A Sustainable Ecosystem

Data Dump Friday – Just Three this Week Plus a Cleanup of the Censorship Page

Hi. I've now put all the State Department public opinion polls conducted in Iraq during 2005 up on the conflict data page. I've also cleaned up the censorship page after I realized that its organization is worse than the organization on the conflict data page. And, yes, I should unite the two pages since there … Continue reading Data Dump Friday – Just Three this Week Plus a Cleanup of the Censorship Page

Secret Data Sunday – ABC News (in the US) Stonewalls over their Dubious Iraq Public Opinion Polls

Below is an email that I sent to Kerry Smith, the Senior Vice President for Editorial Quality at ABC news, back in November of 2016. She did not reply..   Dear Ms. Smith, I am a professor of economics specialized in the quantitative analysis of armed conflict.  I have a big body of work focused on … Continue reading Secret Data Sunday – ABC News (in the US) Stonewalls over their Dubious Iraq Public Opinion Polls

Special Journal Issue on Fabrication in Survey Research

The Statistical Journal of the IAOS has just released a new issue with a bunch of articles on fabrication in survey research, a subject of great interest for the blog. Unfortunately, most of the articles are behind a paywall but, thankfully, the overview by Steve Koczela and Fritz Scheuren is open access.  It's a beautiful piece … Continue reading Special Journal Issue on Fabrication in Survey Research