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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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It is, in fact, hypothetical, invoked for theoretical uses, and not an outcome of direct observation.
I do not wish to urge that this form of causation is ultimate, but that, in the present state of our knowledge, it affords a simplification, and enables us to state laws of behaviour in less hypothetical terms than we should otherwise have to employ.
It is quite probable that there is such a difference in the brain, but its nature is unknown and it remains hypothetical.
This law would need to be supplemented by some account of the influence of frequency, and so on; but it seems to contain the essential characteristic of mnemic phenomena, without admixture of anything hypothetical.
If this hypothetical man represent the ascending line of life--that is to say, if he promise all that which is highest in a Graeco-Roman sense, then it is likely that he will be condemned as wicked if introduced into the society of men representing the opposite and descending line of life.
Next he touched upon the Indians, and upon the extraordinary colony of anthropoid apes, which might be looked upon as an advance upon the pithecanthropus of Java, and as coming therefore nearer than any known form to that hypothetical creation, the missing link.
But Gluck, in the last chapter, using barely three lines for it, mentioned the hypothetical desirability of trial marriages.
I rehearsed putative parts in hypothetical conversations.
Singh said Congress has been levelling "baseless and hypothetical charges" as they don't have any other issue left to raise in the House.
Edinburgh: As at 31 December 2016, the test applied a hypothetical adverse scenario to the Group's balance sheet and compared the theoretical Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") ratio and Tier 1 leverage ratio positions of RBS.
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The current paper aims to contribute to the explanation of the so-called hypothetical bias, that is, the different behavior shown by individuals in hypothetical and real scenarios, in stated preference techniques.