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Is there a word or phrase for when someone is testing for a certain result thereby skewing his findings?

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    $\begingroup$ If you don't have luck here, try english.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$
    – BMS
    Feb 11, 2014 at 3:14
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    $\begingroup$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is about non-physics-specific terminology. Depending on interpretations it is either about a psychology term or a statistical notion. $\endgroup$
    – user10851
    Feb 11, 2014 at 3:50
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    $\begingroup$ This question appears to be off-topic because it not about physics and should be on english.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Feb 11, 2014 at 3:50

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Confirmation bias might be what you're after.

From wiki:

Confirmation bias [...] is the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias

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    – unsym
    Feb 11, 2014 at 3:50

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