Formalizing a hypothesis for sociological research. By Sharilynn H

We interpret the world subjectively, often resulting in conflicting opinions about who is right, using our own experiences as a metaphor to reflect the views we hold and voice them as if they were fact. However, unless an opinion can be proven ad fact, it remains just that, an opinion. Therefore the use of measurable data is needed when claiming something to be true. This is done by conducting experiments to produce data which can then be presented as empirical evidence supported by data and statistics.

Falsifiable theory

Science isn’t always about proving something right….

An interesting thing about scientific experiments is that it’s not only about proving something right, it’s about proving something wrong. Falsfibale theory requires something to be measurable in order to be tested. The scientific method is built on the concept of causation. Cause and effect are important aspects with regards to science and engineering as science requires explanations. It also needs to be able to test the same theory multiple times as well as produce the same variables and data to be considered conclusive, this, applies to engineering as well when attempting to determine the most suitable design.

When something can’t be measured or scientifically tested, it is considered non-falsifiable. An easy example of this is the idea of god or divinity. The theory of god can not be tested since there’s no way to measure it scientifically.

I am unable to produce data to support any findings that divinity does exist, nor can I produce any data that say God does not, thus the idea of God is not falsifiable. Falsifiable data provides researchers with a metric system in order to separate opinion from fact, therefore, secular methodology systems are vastly superior as it
incorporates theory and scientific methodology using systemic research, like creating a sociological
the hypothesis that aims to investigate social behavior by removing as much bias as possible with the aim to
evaluate cause and effect within experiments using observable systemic testing methods that produce
results that aren’t subject to just opinion.

Formalizing a hypothesis for sociological research

Defining testable variables is essential in refining data. When creating a testable hypothesis, it is vital to establish a testing method to assign a value to each variable to observe its function. This applies to anything, whether it is dependent and independent, a person or an object. Once data is analyzed and observed, it provides measurable statistics that answer questions within society, biology, or the environment that can be presented as empirical evidence. Empirical evidence is established once something can be duplicated, producing the same results.

Sociological research involves establishing a hypothesis. The inception of a hypothesis starts with a theory which begins by asking questions then researching what methodological methods to use to
investigate what causes variation in certain social behaviors and society. It does not matter whether you doing a laboratory-based or sociological-based experiment when forming a hypothesis.This may involve conducting
experiments or using none cumulative experimental data. While we all see the world objectively in sociology, the aim is to establish enough research to help everyone see a similar pattern.

The reality is that there is a hypothesis done for various experiments all the time, all of which, will require different conditions and tools for testing.

In simple terms, the goal of a hypothesis is about making an educated guess or prediction about the relationship between two variables. In inferential statistics, the null hypothesis is a default hypothesis that a quantity to be measured is zero.

The null hypothesis is expressed H0 or read as (“H-null,” or “H-zero”)

The results supporting the null hypothesis are done to determine whether something is not occurring simply due to chance but rather by solid data standings supported by numbers. Below is an example of a null hypothesis provided by an article written by thought co.“Hyperactivity is unrelated to eating sugar” is an example of a null hypothesis. If the hypothesis is tested and found to be false, using statistics, then a connection between hyperactivity and sugar ingestion may be indicated”


A hypothesis is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon. For a hypothesis to be a scientific hypothesis, the scientific method requires that one can test it





Just subscribe to my newsletter
to receive all fresh posts