Warning Signs in Experimental Design and Interpretation

This is an article I keep coming back to by Peter Norvig, currently Google’s Head of Research. On a weekly basis I see news reports on scientific papers with the journalist wildly misinterpreting the study (usually with the aid of the exaggerated press release from the lab that published the paper). It helps to find the original paper if it is available, or read the press release, with this article as a guide to warning signs. As Peter says it doesn’t tell you an the results are incorrect but it gives you a warning to look further.

Link: Warning Signs in Experimental Design and Interpretation