[Corpora-List] "Cargo cult" NLP?

Kevin B. Cohen kevin.cohen at gmail.com
Wed Apr 9 00:57:37 CEST 2014

I was recently reading the Wikipedia page on "cargo cult science," a concept attributed to no lesser a light than Richard Feynman. I found this on the page:

"An example of cargo cult science is an experiment that uses another researcher's results in lieu of an experimental control<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experimental_control>. Since the other researcher's conditions might differ from those of the present experiment in unknown ways, differences in the outcome might have no relation to the independent variable<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_variable>under consideration. Other examples, given by Feynman, are from educational research <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educational_research>, psychology<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychology>(particularly parapsychology <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parapsychology>), and physics<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physics>. He also mentions other kinds of dishonesty, for example, falsely promoting one's research to secure funding."

If we all had a dime for every NLP paper we've read that used "another researcher's results in lieu of an experimental control," we wouldn't have to work for a living.

What do you think? Are we all cargo cultists in this respect?



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