Bachelor Theses

This pages lists the BSc. Theses topics currently available in our group. Don't hesitate to contact the respective person if you are interested in one of the topics. If you would like to write a thesis about your own idea you can propose it to the person most related to what you plan to do or you can contact Prof. Bernstein directly.

Statistical Validity in Science

Many prescribed medical pills depend on effects of certain Proteins. There are millions of ways organic molecules can be rearranged in Proteins, which is reflected in the wealth of different effects these Proteins produce in our bodies. Many of these effects are discovered through academic research and published in research papers in scientific journals or presented at conferences, which entails, that findings are evaluated in some way. Often, they are evaluated using statistics, or more specifically, Null-Hypothesis-Testing (NHST). 

NHST actually has many drawbacks and is often hard to get right. For example, many of these tests (e.g. ANOVA, t-test and friends) rely on the underlying data fulfilling certain prerequisites. ANOVA, for example, requires the data to have equal variances. In a forthcoming study, we found that these assumptions are rarely checked/reported (~13% for a major scientific conference). Seeing this, we now wonder, what else may have gone wrong with the statistical validity of research papers. To this end, we plan on expanding and using our internally developed system based on Scala/Play - although, likely little code will need to be written. Instead, you'll plan a larger experiment with us, involving a couple of distinct international professors. Upon successful experimental design, follows its execution, where you (and your tool) will coordinate thousands of crowd workers towards assessing the statistical validity of research papers. Ultimately, we'll analyse our results and will try to draw an inference about some core fields of science. Such a finding might have a positive impact on many. 

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Last update: October 4th 2016