Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies

Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies ~ Hasty Generalization


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    Definition: The sample is too small to support an inductive generalization about a population

    Examples:

    Proof:

    The size of the sample is too small to support the conclusion. Examples: (i) Fred, the Australian, stole my wallet. Thus, all Australians are thieves. (Of course, we shouldn't judge all Australians on the basis of one example.)

    Identify the size of the sample and the size of the population,then show that the sample size is too small. Note: a formal proof would require a mathematical calculation. This is the subject of probability theory. For now, you must rely on common sense. (Barker: 189, Cedarblom and Paulsen: 372, Davis: 103)


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