Web Science/Part2: Emerging Web Properties/Simple statistical descriptive Models for the Web/How to formulate a research hypothesis

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How to formulate a research hypothesis

Learning goals

  1. Understand the ongoing, cyclic process of research
  2. Know what falsifiable means and why every research hypothesis needs to be falsifiable
  3. Be able to formulate your own research hypothesis




1 Which of the following hypothesis are falsifiable?

No word is longer than 100 characters on the World Wide Web
At some time the web will reach is maximum size
All web pages in the google index have well formated HTML syntax
Tim Berners Lee stole HTML from the swiss people who have already created web pages in the 80s which are now hidden on the dark web.

2 What should you do after you came up with a research hypothesis

Convince everyone that this hypothesis will be true
find testable predictions
complete the first two steps of the circle of research to have a good reason why you came up with that research question
find datasets which can be used to find evidence for the hypothesis
make sure that the hypothesis is falsifiable.

Further reading

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