Abductive Reasoning

Quick Definition: Develop a hypothesis based on observations

 

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Abductive reasoning (also called abduction,[1]abductive inference[2] or retroduction[3]) is a form of logical inference that goes from an observation to a hypothesis that accounts for the observation, ideally seeking to find the simplest and most likely explanation. In abductive reasoning, unlike in deductive reasoning, the premises do not guarantee the conclusion. One can understand abductive reasoning as “inference to the best explanation”.[4]

 

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