Outcome Inconclusive (Patton-Overgaard-Barseghyan-2017)

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It is unclear whether or not the requirements of the method employed at the time are met.

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This definition of Outcome Inconclusive was formulated by Paul Patton, Nicholas Overgaard and Hakob Barseghyan in 2017.1 It is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term.

History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of Outcome Inconclusive (Patton-Overgaard-Barseghyan-2017):
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Scientonomy29 November 2017The definition became accepted as a result of the acceptance of the respective suggested modification.Yes

Suggestions To Accept

Here are all the modifications where the acceptance of this theory has been suggested:
ModificationCommunityDate SuggestedSummaryVerdictVerdict RationaleDate Assessed
Sciento-2017-0004Scientonomy5 February 2017Accept the reformulation of the second law which explicitly links theory assessment outcomes with theory acceptance/unacceptance. To that end, accept three new definitions for theory assessment outcomes (satisfied, not satisfied, and inconclusive) as well as the new ontology of theory assessment outcomes, and accept the new definition of employed method.AcceptedThe new formulation of the law became accepted as a result of a communal consensus. It was noted by the commentators that the "modification provides a much improved formulation of the 2nd law".c1 It was noted that the new formulation "decouples the method from acceptance outcomes" and "is needed to avoid a contradiction for cases where assessment by the method is inconclusive, but the theory is accepted".c2 It was agreed that the new law eliminates two of the major flaws of the previous formulation. First, it clearly states the relations between different assessment outcomes and the actual theory acceptance/unacceptance. Second, it clearly forbids certain conceivable courses of events and, thus, doesn't sounds like a tautology.c329 November 2017

Question Answered

Outcome Inconclusive (Patton-Overgaard-Barseghyan-2017) is an attempt to answer the following question: How should the theory assessment outcome inconclusive be defined?

See Outcome Inconclusive for more details.

Description

To say that a theory's assessment by a method produced the outcome "inconclusive" is the same as to say that the community itself couldn't tell whether the requirements of the method were conclusively met.

References

  1. ^  Patton, Paul; Overgaard, Nicholas and Barseghyan, Hakob. (2017) Reformulating the Second Law. Scientonomy 1, 29-39. Retrieved from http://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/27158.

Contributors

Hakob Barseghyan (100.0%)