Exhaustion, automation, theory, and confounding.

@article{Joffe2009ExhaustionAT,
  title={Exhaustion, automation, theory, and confounding.},
  author={Marshall M. Joffe},
  journal={Epidemiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 4},
  pages={523-4}
}
Behind every analysis of observational data lurks the specter of inadequate control of confounding. Inadequate control can result from inadequate measurement of confounding variables, from errors in measurement or classification of those variables, from incorrect assumptions about the nature of relationships among variables, and from laziness and exhaustion. Analysts faced with hundreds or thousands of measured covariates that potentially confound the association of the study treatment or… CONTINUE READING

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