Hierarchy of evidence
The hierarchy of evidence is a ranking of different types of evidence, to be used as a guideline for determining which evidence should be considered more credible when more than one type is available.
The following list is a first pass, and should not be considered complete, definitive, or certain:
- circumstantial evidence
- physical evidence
- verified hypothesis
- repeatedly verified hypothesis
Evidence of a higher-numbered type generally trumps evidence of a lower-numbered type.