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Hypotheses in Research

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When are hypotheses used in research and when is it inappropriate to have a hypothesis?

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This solution explains what a hypotheses is and when it is inappropriate to use it.

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A hypothesis is a specific statement of prediction. It describes in concrete (rather than theoretical) terms what you expect will happen in your study. Not all studies have hypotheses. Sometimes a study is designed to be exploratory. There is no formal hypothesis, and perhaps the purpose of the study is to explore some area more thoroughly in order to develop some specific hypothesis ...

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