NOTIONS OF HYPOTHESIS IN DIGITAL FORENSICS

  • Segen Tewelde
  • Stefan Gruner
  • Martin Olivier
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 462)

Abstract

With the growing scientification of the discipline of digital forensics, the notion of “scientific hypothesis” is becoming increasingly important, because all empirical science is hypothetical, not apodictic. Although the word “hypothesis” is used widely in the digital forensics literature, its usage is not sufficiently reflected from a philosophy of science point of view. This chapter discusses this problem with particular reference to Carrier’s methodological work in which the notion of hypothesis plays a prominent role.

Keywords

Digital forensics philosophy of science scientific hypotheses 

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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Segen Tewelde
    • 1
  • Stefan Gruner
    • 1
  • Martin Olivier
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer ScienceUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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