Notions of “Hypothesis” in Digital Forensics

Tewelde, Olivier, and Gruner


Citation information

S. Tewelde, M. S. Olivier, and S. Gruner. “Notions of “Hypothesis” in Digital Forensics”. In: Advances in Digital Forensics XI. Ed. by G. Peterson and S. Shenoi. Vol. 462. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Springer, 2015, pp. 29–43


With the growing scientification of the discipline of digital forensics, the notion of “scientific hypothesis” is becoming increasingly important, because all empirical science is hypothetical, not apodictic. Although the word “hypothesis” is used widely in the digital forensics literature, its usage is not sufficiently reflected from a philosophy of science point of view. This chapter discusses this problem with particular reference to Carrier’s methodological work in which the notion of hypothesis plays a prominent role.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-24123-4_2

BibTeX reference

author={Segen Tewelde and Martin S Olivier and Stefan Gruner},
title={Notions of ‘‘Hypothesis’’ in Digital Forensics},
booktitle={Advances in Digital Forensics XI},
editor={Gilbert Peterson and Sujeet Shenoi},
series={IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology},
volume={462} )

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