Hypotheses, Questions, and Evidence

  • Justin Zobel


The first stages of a research program involve choice of interesting topics or problems, and then identification of particular issues to investigate. The research is given direction by development of specific questions that the program aims to answer. These questions are based on an understanding—an informal model, perhaps—of how something works, or interacts, or behaves. They establish a framework for making observations about the object being studied. This framework can be characterised as a statement of belief about how the object behaves—in other words, a hypothesis.


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© Springer-Verlag London 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computing and Information SystemsThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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