Wednesday, July 13, 2011
HIDE THE DECLINE ! WHAT A HIT #1, 4 SURE.
What is fudging data? Well, it is just a nickname for the more common term, Scientific Fraud. Yes, it is a funny word, but in definition, it is all too common.
The idea of scientists "fudging data" is commonly referred to as scientific fraud. Scientific fraud is the act of completely making up data, changing experimental results, or only reporting the results that were expected (good results). However, there are many times when the scientist may make a mistake, recording down numbers that are in the wrong order.
Scientific fraud is different from that, because it is an "intentional deception to cause a person to give up property or some lawful right" (Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, Deluxe Second Edition, Dorset & Baber, 1979). Therefore, fraud is done on purpose, and a mistake is unintentional. However, there is no way to determine if a scientist is being completely true.