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The Importance of Null Hypothesis and its Limitations

What is the importance of the null hypothesis? Why has it been the backbone of mainstream hypothesis testing for decades? What are its limitations?

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The null is used to prove or disprove the hypothesis. If the null is true, then the hypothesis is judged to be false. As a test, it is used to prove or disprove the alternate and in actuality can never be proven itself, only rejected or a ...