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scientific method

n.
The principles and empirical processes of discovery and demonstration considered characteristic of or necessary for scientific investigation, generally involving the observation of phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis concerning the phenomena, experimentation to test the hypothesis, and development of a conclusion that confirms, rejects, or modifies the hypothesis.

scientific method

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a method of investigation in which a problem is first identified and observations, experiments, or other relevant data are then used to construct or test hypotheses that purport to solve it

sci′entif′ic meth′od


n.
a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated, and the hypothesis is empirically tested.
[1850–55]
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Noun1.scientific method - a method of investigation involving observation and theory to test scientific hypotheses
experimental method - the use of controlled observations and measurements to test hypotheses
methodology - the system of methods followed in a particular discipline
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Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods," vol.
No, Perry; we've got to give them something better than scientific methods of killing one another.
I recognized him at once as Stanley Hopkins, a young police inspector, for whose future Holmes had high hopes, while he in turn professed the admiration and respect of a pupil for the scientific methods of the famous amateur.
I say written FOR children because the new psychological business of writing ABOUT them as though they were small pills or hatched in some especially scientific method is extremely popular today.
It was a kind of satire on Nature: it was the scientific method, the geologic method; it deposited the history of the family in a stratified record; and the antiquary could dig through it and tell by the remains of each period what changes of diet the family had introduced successively for a hundred years.
CHITRAL -- Forest experts, local people and other stakeholders at a session discussed how to prepare a strategy to promote forestation and conserve forest by using both indigenous and scientific methods in Chitral.
He asked farmers to adopt scientific methods to enhance food grain production and reduce imports by using onefifth of their farming land to cultivate lentils.
io and New England Biolabs said it has announced a collaboration to improve the online sharing of scientific methods that will help to increase both the speed and reproducibility of research.
However, the book spends time with both broad general principles and specific examples of scientific methods at work.
Abu Dhabi: The federal law number 28 issued in 2005 clause 89, states that fatherhood is proven by identifying the father/man who is in physical relationship with the mother, a father admitting the relationship (with the child), a proof that the couple had a physical relationship or scientific methods.
They further pointed out that "At times the present dean of the Faculty of Science, the leader of this research group, had also openly stated to the media that they do not accept the principles and methodology of the globally recognized scientific methods taught within the Faculty of Science.
The beauty (and Achilles heel) of deploying scientific methods to study complex systems is that the scientific method reduces and simplifies the complex system to metrics that invite the observer to form value judgements.

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