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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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This simple working hypothesis was set out in Michel Houellebecq's early essay "Rester vivant" (Stay Alive, 1991), and in a career that has made him more than just a writer, this volcanic figure has flirted with the negation of the claim again and again.
The working hypothesis was that loading all phases--water, fat, and interface--would reduce the risk of bacterial growth after recontamination with Listeria.
Their initial working hypothesis was that Zscan4 is involved in the maintenance of pluripotency, so they looked its correlation with expression of the Rexl gene, which is known as a marker of pluripotency.
His computer and automation consulting company, A Working Hypothesis, Inc, was chartered in 1982.
In addition to the null hypothesis, all clinical trials also have a working hypothesis that the experimental treatment will not only work, but also achieve clinically significant benefits.
We know that television viewing is the most prevalent leisure-time sedentary behavior and our working hypothesis is that it is an indicator of overall physical inactivity.
It's a working hypothesis, the [sainthood] process is ongoing, so it's premature to talk of a date for the canonization.
Det Chief Insp Robert Pack, of Scotland Yard's murder squad, said: "The working hypothesis is that it was a targeted attack on the unborn child.
From what we know at the moment, the working hypothesis is that it was targeted at that unborn child," he said.
It is a working hypothesis, therefore there is no official confirmation to be given," said Lombardi.
He said, 'The working hypothesis we have is that the interest rate will rise towards the end of this year or the start of the next.
Assuming a working hypothesis that posits a degree of performativity in all fiction (i.