Hasty generalization:

Definition Example
When a conclusion is made about a group when there are insufficient statistics or an insufficient sample size. I drove through the town and counted 20 residents, all of them women. The town probably has only female residents.
Also known as: fallacy of insufficient statistics / fallacy of insufficient sample / fallacy of the lonely fact / leaping to a conclusion / hasty induction / secundum quid
  Notes
A hasty generalization might be a result of an insufficient sample size, imprecise measurements, or subjective reporting. This is a type of faulty generalization. A more detailed treatment of faulty generalizations can be found on the supplementary Inductive Errors page.

Case Study One

A foreign journalist who wanted to report on New York fashion might jump to a hasty generalization if visiting New York on Halloween.


Keep in mind that a fallacious argument does not entail an erroneous position.


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