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Hypothesis testing and anomaly explaining.
J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2000 Jun; 21(2):67-8.JP

Abstract

An experimenter who tests a hypothesis and observes an anomaly that conflicts with his knowledge and views, normally reacts by suspecting some sort of mistake. When he has excluded this possibility, his second sensible reaction is to find an ad hoc interpretation to explain the anomaly. When his favorite interpretation is interesting, probable, simple, elegant and testable enough, he can experiment to verify this explanation as a new hypothesis, independently from the anomaly. This article describes how a scientific investigation walks on two legs: one leg of hypothesis testing and a second leg of anomaly explaining.

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Academisch Ziekenhuis Groningen, The Netherlands.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10994178

Citation

van Andel, P. "Hypothesis Testing and Anomaly Explaining." Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 21, no. 2, 2000, pp. 67-8.
van Andel P. Hypothesis testing and anomaly explaining. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2000;21(2):67-8.
van Andel, P. (2000). Hypothesis testing and anomaly explaining. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 21(2), 67-8.
van Andel P. Hypothesis Testing and Anomaly Explaining. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2000;21(2):67-8. PubMed PMID: 10994178.
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