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Can a hypothesis be partially verified?

  1. Mar 4, 2010 #1
    I have a practical report and I have a hypothesis which basically states that the values exhibit a linear trend before eventually plateauing (levelling out).

    The graph did exhibit a linear trend but it did not plateau. Does this mean my hypothesis has been supported, falsified or partially supported?

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Mar 4, 2010 #2
    I would be inclined to say that your hypothesis was partially correct. I wonder, however, if perhaps your hypothesis isn't a conglomeration of two separate hypotheses. The first, predicting a linear trend, is supported by your data, while the second, predicting a plateau, is falsified.
  4. Mar 4, 2010 #3


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    Mayn't you reach that plateau if extending the measurement range?

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