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  • A type of research that is based on information collected through observation or experiment rather than theory. Empirical studies aim to objectively test and investigate specific research questions or hypotheses through verifiable methods. Empirical research implies that it is possible to measure the outcome variable and, by the same token, to test and prove (or disprove) any given hypothesis. Empirical research can be quantitative or qualitative in nature. Studies of a quantitative nature tend to involve numbers, data, and statistical methods. Studies of a qualitative nature generally offer more in-depth information. It is often argued that the depth of information obtained through empirical studies of a qualitative nature compensates for their limited ability to generalize results.

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