Empirical Paradigm: Position Paper

  • Carolyn B. Seaman
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4336)


The distinction between “exploratory” and “confirmatory” work is crucial but is too often blurred in current literature. The term “exploratory” refers to empirical work that has as a goal the discovery of new and unforeseen insight. “Confirmatory” research, on the other hand, normally begins with some type of hypothesis or proposition (that has some type of support in previous literature), the confirmation of which is the aim of the study.

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