# hypothesis testing

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## hypothesis testing

*n*

(Statistics)

*statistics*the theory, methods, and practice of testing a hypothesis concerning the parameters of a population distribution (the**null hypothesis**) against another (the**alternative hypothesis**) which will be accepted only if its probability exceeds a predetermined significance level, generally on the basis of statistics derived from random sampling from the given population. Compare statistical inferenceWant to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, or visit the webmaster's page for free fun content.

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