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Abductive reasoning is a form of logical inference which goes from an observation to a theory which accounts for the observation. Ideally seeking to find the simplest and most likely explanation and this is the essence of scientific inquiry. It involves the gathering of data and the formulation of theories and conjectures to explain that data. Abduction works by taking in data and ruling out the impossible explanations until one is left with only the most plausible options given the evidence.