The hypothesis is dead, long live the hypothesis!

Next journal club is Thursday 28th of May at 4 on the clock, in Kro. We’re going to be discussing the unreasonable effectiveness of data, since we don’t need a hypothesis any more. Or do we?

Three closely related papers, start by reading “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data” [1] from some top Googlers in the Googleplex. Move on to a short but provocative piece by Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine about “The End of Theory” [2]. Then finish with a piece by Doug and Steve “Here is the evidence, now what is the hypothesis?” [3], which was written a few years before Google Inc. and Wired magazine published theirs.

For discussion: Is the hypothesis dead now? [4]


  1. Alon Halevy, Peter Norvig and Fernando Pereira (2009) The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data IEEE Intelligent Systems, Vol. 24, No. 2. (2009), pp. 8-12.
  2. Chris Anderson (2008) The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete (2008) Wired magazine 16.07
  3. Douglas Kell and Steve Oliver (2004) Here is the evidence, now what is the hypothesis? The complementary roles of inductive and hypothesis-driven science in the post-genomic era. Bioessays, Vol. 26, No. 1. (January 2004), pp. 99-105. DOI:10.1002/bies.10385
  4. The King is dead. Long live the King!