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Generalization, such as generalizing from a sample to a population, is one type of inductive argument.[1]

Strong vs. Weak Generalization

Logicians sometimes describe inductive generalizations on a continuum from strong to weak:

  • A strong, or universal, generalization is one that is true of all members of a class, such as the statement "All humans are mammals."
  • A weak, or particular, generalization is one that is true of certain members of class.

See also


  1. Henry A. Virkler (2005). "6", A Christian's Guide to Critical Thinking. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 180. ISBN 1-59752-661-4.