empirical method

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empirical method

A test method, the usefulness of which depends on a correlation or association between the endpoint measured and the biologic effect of interest, rather than on known or demonstrated mechanistic relationships.
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A new way to determine the energy content of natural gas uses a correlative method developed by the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
This hypothesis and the correlative method of division resolve some of the aporiae of the Theaetetus, but yield a purely technical definition of sophistry that fails to distinguish the philosopher from the sophist.
This suggests that current correlative methods should be discarded in favor of time-domain processing as used in speech recognition, based on using sophisticated mathematical techniques.