A replicatory study (or replication) is done for testing, thus replicating or not, the results of previous research. A replicatory study is, thus, the measure of true science, as it demonstrates whether the results of a study can be obtained by others using similar methodology. Furthermore, it can also help set the limits to which generalize the initial study (eg, by varying some of the parameters in the methodology).
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- Exploratory study
- This type of study is used to 'explore' new fields of knowledge.
- Confirmatory study
- This type of study is used to 'test' research hypotheses.