“Opaque research” has some astronomers concerned.
|April 12, 2018||Posted by News under Astronomy, Cosmology, Peer review|
From Sarah Wild at Physics Today:
Irreproducibility and the black box nature of machine learning plague many fields of science, from Earth observation to drug discovery. But astronomy represents a notable case study because the quantity of data is burgeoning at an unprecedented rate. The installation of new data-churning telescopes, combined with marked improvements in pattern-finding algorithms, has led astronomers to turn to sophisticated software to do the data-crunching they can’t do manually. And with more powerful analyses comes less transparency as to how they were performed. More.
It could be a symptom of a much bigger problem.
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