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Centralised Funding and Epistemic Exploration

Avin, Shahar (2017) Centralised Funding and Epistemic Exploration. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

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Computer simulation of an epistemic landscape model, modified to include explicit representation of a centralised funding body, show the method of funding allocation has significant effects on communal trade-off between exploration and exploitation, with consequences for the community's ability to generate significant truths. The results show this effect is contextual, and depends on the size of the landscape being explored, with funding that includes explicit random allocation performing significantly better than peer-review on large landscapes. The paper proposes a way of incorporating external institutional factors in formal social epistemology, and offers a way of bringing such investigations to bear on current research policy questions.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: research funding, science funding, grant peer review, social epistemology, epistemic landscape
Subjects: General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Shahar Avin
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2017 18:32
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2017 18:32
Item ID: 13369
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Subjects: General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 29 November 2017

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