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March 20, 2017

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Silly professor! The publication of the papers of which you speak is being suppressed by the Atlanteans (or the neo-Victorians, I can't remember which).

From where would the selection bias originate. The authors who submit only studies that find a significant finding? The journals that have a bias towards showing value in social sciences and prefer significant results? I've noticed clustering in social sciences but I'm curious as to plausible causes.

It's often called the "file-drawer effect." I think both authors and journals can be a source of it. Some journals have a blanket policy of not publishing negative results.

My favourite example is that in the Eastern US, Democrats do better along what was the coastline of North America in the Cretaceous.

aka the Cotton Belt?

Not the whole Cotton Belt, just a strip inside it: http://www.deepseanews.com/2012/06/how-presidential-elections-are-impacted-by-a-100-million-year-old-coastline/

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