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Observable quantitative research report idea/hypothesis: "People will tend to take the...

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jesicatran | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM via web

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Observable quantitative research report idea/hypothesis:

"People will tend to take the escalator instead of the stairs during the morning rather than the afternoon"

Data will be collected from a train station in the city.

Please give me your thoughts, ideas, adjustments and advice whether this is possible or a good hypothesis. Thank you.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM (Answer #1)

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In at least one sense, this is a very good hypothesis.  The reason that it is good is that it is relatively easily testable.  It may not turn out to be correct, but a hypothesis is not good or bad because of whether it is right.  It is good or bad depending on how easily it can be tested and proven or disproven.  This one will be relatively easy to test because all you have to do is to count the number of people using the stairs and the escalator at each time of day.  The only real problem would be if there are too many people and you cannot get an accurate count.

As to whether this will turn out to be correct, it is hard to say.  In the morning, people might have more energy and be more likely to take the stairs.  On the other hand, they might be in more of a hurry and be more likely to take the escalator.  It is hard to know.

So, if you are really going to try to test this, my only real thought is that you need to have some plan for how you are going to handle it if there are a very large number of people.  I suppose you might also want to specify the exact time that you are going to do each observation.

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