PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

Full Program »

Exploratory Research is More Reliable than Confirmatory Research

Exploratory research searches through a multitude of hypotheses for a best explanation, selected as a function of the data. Confirmatory research pre-specifies and tests one or a handful of hypotheses. Statistical folklore and arguments teach that exploratory research is less reliable than confirmatory. I show that the contrary is true when contemporary automated search procedures for causal relations are used.

Author Information:

Clark Glymour    
Philosophy
Carnegie Mellon University

 

Powered by OpenConf®
Copyright©2002-2015 Zakon Group LLC