Ethical Requirements of a Research Assistant Who Is Concerned About the Behavior of a Supervisor

A reader writes: “I have a hypothetical question about ethics in statistics. For a research assistant, do you think there is an ethical responsibility to inform your supervisor/principal investigator if they change their analysis plan multiple times during the research project in a manner that verges on p-hacking? Or do you think that the hierarchy within this relationship places the burden on the supervisor/principal investigator and not the research assistant?”

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