|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|
|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.