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Wegman Heartland update

John Mashey, in comments writes: It has been a busy week or so, with more to come. 1) See Fakery, p.3 and p.12. In ~2009, Heartland+SEPP+CSCDGC got ~$8M. The other 9 on p.3 got ~$39M.The additional 36 501(c)(3) on p.12 added another $283M. Now, only some of that is for climate disinformation, but some of…

The Wegman scandal has made The Scientist‘s list of the top 5 science scandals of 2011: A controversial climate change paper was retracted when it was found to contain passages lifted from other sources, including Wikipedia. The paper, published by climate change skeptic Edward Wegman of George Mason University in Computational Statistics and Data Analysis…

Yet more Wegman plagiarism

Said and Wegman 2009 does contain original and accurate material. Alas, the original material is not accurate and the accurate material is plagiarised, mostly from Wikipedia. Deep Climate has the details: This paper is the fifth major work that I have analyzed from Wegman and Said. From the 2006 Wegman report to Congress, up to…

Yet another example of Wegman plagiarism

Andrew Gelman details yet another case of apparent plagiarism by Edward Wegman. This one is a copy and paste from Wikipedia that manages to introduce an obvious error, claiming that a d-dimensional cube has only 2d vertices instead of 2^d. Gelman gets all sarcastic: [Note to Drs. Wegman and Said: You can replace “2^n” by…

John Mashey analyses emails from Wegman and Azen and yes, Wegman’s defence against plagiarism charges is to say that he and his students plagiarized from Denise Reeves. Multiple times. Andrew Gelman says it best: The major conclusions [of the plagiarised paper] are that there are different styles of research collaboration; the methodological flaws are that…

Dan Vergano reports that Social networks of author-coauthor relationships by Said, Wegman, Sharabati and Rigsby has been retracted by Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. Deep Climate has more details, but I want to highlight one particular thing: “Neither Dr. Wegman nor Dr. Said has ever engaged in plagiarism,” says their attorney, Milton Johns, by e-mail.…

Wegman update

John Mashey has updated his report on the investigation into Wegman’s misconduct. Deep Climate has some comments.

Deep Climate details how GMU has failed to follow its own policies in its investigation of Wegman: Perhaps, then, it’s time to take the obvious next step – a formal complaint to the Office of Research Integrity. And not against Wegman and Said, but against George Mason University itself. In fact, it is high time…

USA Today: Wegman report was plagiarized

Dan Vergano, USA Today reports: The plagiarism experts queried by USA TODAY disagree [with Wegman's denial] after viewing the Wegman report: • “Actually fairly shocking,” says Cornell physicist Paul Ginsparg by e-mail. “My own preliminary appraisal would be ‘guilty as charged.’ “ •”If I was a peer reviewer of this report and I was to…

Deep Climate continues his examination of the Wegman report. It would seem that Wegman’s “reproduction” of McIntyre’s results amounted to nothing more than running McIntyre’s code without understanding what it did. And while Mann’s “short centring” method does tend to produce a hockey-stick McIntyre greatly exaggerated the extent that it does so.