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Alternative hypothesis

(in the statistical testing of a hypothesis) the hypothesis to be accepted if the null hypothesis is rejected.
Contemporary Examples

An alternative hypothesis was suggested to me years ago by a veteran China-watcher.
China’s Clever ‘Anti-Corruption’ Campaign David Frum December 25, 2012

Historical Examples

Podmore thinks them to have been unduly suggestible and offers hallucinations as an alternative hypothesis.
Modern Religious Cults and Movements Gaius Glenn Atkins

Then we proposed an alternative hypothesis, logically simpler, though more difficult from the moral point of view.
God and Mr. Wells William Archer

An alternative hypothesis is given by the idea of complex ions.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2 Various

Ashley points out the difficulties involved in this theory, and suggests an alternative hypothesis.
Education in England in the Middle Ages Albert William Parry

No alternative hypothesis prevails, mere desultory criticism of the internal intricacies being quite inadequate.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4 Various

(statistics) the hypothesis that given data do not conform with a given null hypothesis: the null hypothesis is accepted only if its probability exceeds a predetermined significance level Compare hypothesis testing, null hypothesis


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