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statistical hypothesisshall be an hypothesis about the distribution of outcomes from trials of kind $K$ on some set-up $X$.–Ian Hacking,

Logic of Statistical Inference(1965), p. 27

This formulation does seem to allow the notion of a statistical hypothesis to do the work I would like it to do: the hypothesis that a point randomly selected from a surface of a sphere lies on a particular great circle is not a hypothesis about the *distribution* of outcomes from any trial.

What I don’t like about this formulation is that it relies on the unclear notion of a hypothesis “being about” a distribution of outcomes. My formulation is clearer because it is expressed in terms of what a hypothesis allows one to infer under what conditions. Unfortunately, I might need to sacrifice clarity for the sake of successful functioning.

I am on the lookout for other formulations.

By Greg Gandenberger