method of residue

method of residue

One of philosopher John Stuart Mills’ five methods of induction, intended to illustrate the concept of causation. The method of residue states: “subduct from any phenomenon such part as is known by previous inductions to be the effect of certain antecedents, and the residue of the phenomenon is the effect of the remaining antecedents.”
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This approach may be valid in some cases, but fatty acid compositions do not provide a generally applicable method of residue interpretation for two reasons.
The second method of residue interpretation is a biomarker approach based on other diagnostic lipids.
He describes the five basic principles of induction which have come to be known as Mill's Methods--the method of agreement, the method of difference, the joint or double method of agreement and difference, the method of residues, and the method of concomitant variations.
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