Overview: Proof By Example | ||
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Definition (1) | Using an example to prove something. | |
Definition (2) | A fallacy based on an attempt to use a statistically insignificant example to prove something. | |
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What is Proof By Example? John Spacey, updated on
Proof by example is an attempt to prove something by using an example. This often results in a fallacy or logical error because a single example is typically statistically insignificant. For example, if you suggest that New York is a dangerous city because you witnessed a crime there, this is statistically insignificant and a fallacy of an argument. However if you argue that Lucy is dangerous because you saw her commit a crime, that argument may be somewhat closer to valid.
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