Sloppy Use of Machine Learning is Causing a ‘Reproducibility Crisis’ in Science

Kapoor and Narayanan organized a workshop late last month to draw attention to what they call a “reproducibility crisis” in science that makes use of machine learning. They were hoping for 30 or so attendees but received registrations from over 1,500 people, a surprise that they say suggests issues with machine learning in science are widespread.

During the event, invited speakers recounted numerous examples of situations where AI had been misused, from fields including medicine and social science. Michael Roberts, a senior research associate at Cambridge University, discussed problems with dozens of papers claiming to use machine learning to fight Covid-19, including

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