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The Reproducibility Working Group

December 11, 2018 - 12:45pm

Elliott Hall

The Reproducibility Working Group is an interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in philosophy, psychology, statistics, and other areas that coalesced at the end of the spring semester after biweekly discussions on questions about reproducibility in psychology hosted by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science (for details, see:

This semester we are continuing these discussions by organizing a biweekly lunch discussion on Thursdays (12:45-2pm) to study one of these questions in more depth: measurement. This new series of discussions is made possible by the Commons for Research in the Social Sciences and the Institute for Research in Statistics and its Applications. We will be reading chapters from a book by Denny Borsboom entitled Measuring the Mind: Conceptual Issues in Contemporary Psychometrics (Cambridge University Press, 2005). The schedule of meetings and readings (to be held in N227 Elliott Hall) is:

9/13: Measuring the Mind: Preface & Ch. 1
9/27: Measuring the Mind: Ch. 2
10/11: Measuring the Mind: Ch. 3
10/25: Measuring the Mind: Ch. 4
11/15: Measuring the Mind: Ch. 5
11/29: Measuring the Mind: Ch. 6
12/11 (Tuesday): Lunch discussion with Joel Michell

Borsboom's book is available electronically for download from the University of Minnesota library system (

Note: lunch will be provided for participants. New participants please RSVP to Amanda Schwartz ( by Tuesday morning for the week that you plan to attend. (Tuesday 10/22 for session on 10/25; Tuesday 11/15 for session on 11/15.) 
Participants are welcome to join for any and all sessions as their schedules permit.