Investigation vs. Exploration

By Jaxson

  • Exploration

    Exploration is the act of searching for the purpose of discovery of information or resources. Exploration occurs in all non-sessile animal species, including humans. In human history, its most dramatic rise was during the Age of Discovery when European explorers sailed and charted much of the rest of the world for a variety of reasons. Since then, major explorations after the Age of Discovery have occurred for reasons mostly aimed at information discovery.

    In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of empirical research (the other two being description and explanation). The term is often used metaphorically. For example, an individual may speak of exploring the Internet, sexuality, etc.

  • Investigation (noun)

    The act of following up; research, especially patient or thorough inquiry or examination

    “The investigation into the crime has led to various leads as well as plenty of dead ends.”

    “Despite thorough investigation, the perpetrator of the attacks remains unknown.”

  • Exploration (noun)

    The process of exploring.

    “The exploration of unknown areas was often the precursor to colonization.”

  • Exploration (noun)

    A physical examination.

  • Investigation (noun)

    the action of investigating something or someone; formal or systematic examination or research

    “he is under investigation for receiving illicit funds”

  • Investigation (noun)

    a formal inquiry or systematic study

    “an investigation into fresh allegations of malpractice”

    “a murder investigation”

Oxford Dictionary

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