essay on quality control in science? March 12, 2015 7:44 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for an essay that was referenced here which proposed a scheme for multi-step quality control in science research and publishing.

I'm almost certain the essay wasn't part of an FPP, but was linked from a comment. I read it quite recently, but I'm not sure it wasn't from an older post I wandered into.

The essay talked about an early change in car manufacture, when quality was checked at multiple points in the process rather than just the finished product. It proposed a similar protocol for science studies and publication, and explicitly broke down the steps and control points. It was published in an academic journal rather than a blog or magazine. With that much detail I was sure I could find it, but I'm struggling.
posted by jebs to MetaFilter-Related at 7:44 AM (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

That sounds like the Toyota Production System to me. Could this be the originating FPP? Or this one?
posted by sciatrix at 9:15 PM on March 12, 2015

Hmm, not the one, but a good lead - the first link talks about Deming and he was mentioned in the article I'm looking for.
I'll dig around some more using Deming and maybe stats as terms...
posted by jebs at 7:31 AM on March 13, 2015 [1 favorite]

If you do find it, please comment here. It sounds very interesting.

You may be interested in the Committee on Publication Ethics's flowcharts on dealing with suspected misconduct in scientific publishing.
posted by grouse at 7:45 AM on March 13, 2015

Deming was the answer! Found the article, though damned if I can find the comment that linked to it.

Deming, data, and observational studies: A process out of control and needing fixing
“Any claim coming from an observational study is most likely to be wrong.” Startling, but true. Coffee causes pancreatic cancer. Type A personality causes heart attacks. Trans-fat is a killer. Women who eat breakfast cereal give birth to more boys. All these claims come from observational studies; yet when the studies are carefully examined, the claimed links appear to be incorrect. What is going wrong? Some have suggested that the scientific method is failing, that nature itself is playing tricks on us. But it is our way of studying nature that is broken and that urgently needs mending, say S. Stanley Young and Alan Karr; and they propose a strategy to fix it.
posted by jebs at 12:27 PM on March 13, 2015 [1 favorite]

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