Must I reannotate a Penn Treebank-style corpus every time I want to build a new parser?
-- Noah Smith Associate Professor School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University
On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Kevin B. Cohen <kevin.cohen at gmail.com>wrote:
> 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?
> Kevin Bretonnel Cohen, PhD
> Biomedical Text Mining Group Lead, Computational Bioscience Program,
> U. Colorado School of Medicine
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