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Empirical validation

An empirical validation of a hypothesis is required for it to gain acceptance in the scientific community. Normally this validation is achieved by the scientific method of hypothesis commitment , experimental design, peer review, adversarial review, reproduction of results, conference presentation and journal publication

Fundamentally, empirical validation requires rigorous communication of hypothesis (usually expressed in mathematics), experimental constraints and controls (expressed necessarily in terms of standard experimental apparatus), and a common understanding of measurement.

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