Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: The winning entry of the Open Research Challenge (ORC) offers a solution for cleaning paleontological data

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: The winning entry of the Open Research Challenge (ORC) offers a solution for cleaning paleontological data . “Joe Flannery Sutherland has developed code that will automatically clean taxonomical errors in the Paleobiology Database (PBDB). The database, which is compiled by researchers from all around the world, is used extensively for quantitative analyses of diversification and extinction. It contains more than 1.2 million entries, many of which are erroneous or outdated. The code, developed in the statistics program R, will clean, and ideally replace, incorrect taxonomic and stratigraphic inconsistencies as well as temporal assignments of occurrence data.”

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