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exploratory research

a study that is conducted when not much is known about a particular phenomenon. In exploratory research, one typically seeks to identify multiple possible links between variables. In contrast, in confirmatory research, one tests whether a specific prediction holds under specific circumstances.

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February 27th 2024

empirically keyed test

empirically keyed test

an assessment in which answers are scored in such a way as to establish differences in responses among groups already known to differ. For example, on a test measuring problem solving, the correct alternative among the response choices would be the one preferred by members of a criterion group who were administered the test previously. See also empirical-criterion keying.