A hypothesis can be described as an educated guess. Based on previous experience and information available through research on a subject, an educated guess can be made. Following you would need to prove the hypothesis is correct.
Testing a Hypothesis
The primary purpose is that it can be tested, and is often examined by multiple scientists to ensure reliability and accuracy of the experiment. Depending on the hypothesis it can take years to prove, or in some cases it is not possible due to lack of supporting evidence.
During the test there can be 2 types of errors.
- Type I Error: A hypothesis is rejected even though it is true.
- Type II Error: A hypothesis is accepted even though it is wrong.
Due to this, it can never be proven to be correct 100% of the time. For example, a scientist could create a hypothesis stating all bananas of a certain type are yellow. During the research the scientist find that all bananas of this type is yellow and confirm the hypothesis. But it could be that somewhere in the world there is a banana of this type that isn’t yellow, which means it is not true 100% of the time.
Hypothesis for Problem Solving
Same as above, this concept can be used for problem solving as well. For example if a particular cause is believed to trigger an issue, then the cause and effect relationship can be stated as a hypothesis. An experiment can then following be made to confirm or reject the hypothesis.
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