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An assumption or theory.

During a criminal trial, a hypothesis is a theory set forth by either the prosecution or the defense for the purpose of explaining the facts in evidence. It also serves to set up a ground for an inference of guilt or innocence, or a showing of the most probable motive for a criminal offense.


noun assertion, assignment of cause, assumption, conclusion drawn from accepted truths, conjecture, deduction, guess, inference, postulate, postulation, speculation, suggestion, supposal, surmise, tentative explanation, tentative law, theory, thesis, unproved theory
See also: assumption, basis, belief, conclusion, conjecture, deduction, generalization, idea, inference, opinion, postulate, presumption, prolepsis, proposition, speculation, supposition, theory, thesis
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Caption: FIGURE 1 Mean LR test [chi square]/df statistic for N = 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, and 1,000 for k = 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 items under the null hypothesis condition (left panel) and alternative hypothesis condition (right panel) with 8 DIF items
It has a strong relation with the alternative hypothesis and size of type II error [beta] the probability of accepting null hypothesis when [H.
19) The alternative hypothesis is that firm A has greater than a sixty percent win probability and is therefore dominant:
The alternative hypothesis is often what we are hoping to prove by gathering enough evidence to overturn the null hypothesis.
The null hypothesis that Nigerians who desire a second official language will not prefer French to other languages is rejected while the alternative hypothesis that Nigerians who desire a second official language will prefer French to other languages is accepted
This new study supports an alternative hypothesis that persistent warm water was confined to the subsurface and many erosional features were carved during brief periods when liquid water was stable at the surface.
2]) is the probability of observing the new data assuming the alternative hypothesis.
Alternative hypothesis : Reviewed articles rate regarding critical thinking factors with predicted average has significant difference.
The alternative hypothesis (H1): There is a certain influence of the respondents'age on the factors affecting short-term the public policy making process.

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