In the scientific method, what is the term for an anticipated answer to the question being asked?

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A hypothesis can be described as the answer that you expect to get when you ask a question.

A hypothesis is an educated guess. It is the researcher’s best guess about the relationship that they will find between two variables. For example, in the social sciences, we might ask what...

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A hypothesis can be described as the answer that you expect to get when you ask a question.

A hypothesis is an educated guess. It is the researcher’s best guess about the relationship that they will find between two variables. For example, in the social sciences, we might ask what the relationship is between an increase in the minimum wage and levels of employment for young people.  Our hypothesis is our best guess at the answer. Someone might hypothesize that an increase in the minimum wage will lead to a decrease in employment for young people because employers will cut back on their hiring due to the higher cost of labor. This is the answer that we expect to find, but we will need to have an open mind so that we do not misinterpret data in order to make it fit with our expectation.

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