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hypothesis

a prediction derived from theoretical analysis that is couched in a form precise enough to be subjected to testing against empirical data. In economics, hypotheses are generated by a process of logical deduction from sets of initial assumptions about the behaviour of consumers, producers, etc., and are generally tested by collecting economic data and using statistical techniques to analyse them. This testing can lead to modification of the economic theory in the light of the new economic data or to abandonment of that theory in favour of an alternative theory that better explains the facts. See HYPOTHESIS TESTING.
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Basu said that he did like to link modern giraffes with fossil specimens to illustrate the process of evolution and they hypothesized that the suspensory ligament had allowed giraffes to reach large sizes that they otherwise would not have been able to achieve.
Although we had hypothesized that there would be greater student satisfaction with tutored groups, this was not found.
Traveling less distance (undershooting) implies a less energy expenditure and thus we hypothesized that the undershoot bias was due to a more general energy-minimization bias.
Thus, it was hypothesized that the 83% known condition would lead to the largest number of retained items.
After attempting to correct for the differences in SG & A spending due to accounting treatment, no correlation between hypothesized SG & A drivers and actual SG & A spending exists.
In addition to the sexual power variables, we examined other participant characteristics and sexual practices that have been hypothesized to effect condom use consistency and HIV status or which might confound relationships of primary interest.
Contemplating the concept of a true inner heart, located in the center of the body in the lower abdomen--even as ancient Greeks once hypothesized was at the base of the spine--Joy And Evolution addresses how to unlock the power of this hidden heart and enrich one's own life.
We hypothesized that the model would be predictive both for adolescents in general and separately for minority and nonminority adolescents.
It was hypothesized that approaching snack intake as medication administration would ensure reliable delivery by staff and promote resident cooperation.
As for the contamination, some people have hypothesized that the contamination could have been caused by a massive illegal dumping in the otherwise residential and light commercial area, Froelich said.
The researchers had hypothesized that, at the very least, the postmenopausal runners not replacing estrogen would experience significant bone mineral density loss.
It is hypothesized that long-standing pressure swings and pulsations in the cerebrospinal fluid might be a factor.