- Sample S, which is biased, is taken from population P.
- Conclusion C is drawn about Population P based on S.
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Sunday, December 04, 2005
Why a Lexus is Not An Acceptable Ferrari
Eric Kidd explains on his blog why he thinks 'Ruby is an Acceptable Lisp'. His thesis is debunked very effectively in the comments section of his blog entry. What I find fascinating is the thinking behind this position. Let us look at how Eric tries to assert his position that Ruby is as dense (or occasionally denser) than Lisp. He first creates an example of a lisp function , then writes a ruby equivalent which is marginally shorter, while brushing off the capabilties of lisp (reader macros in this case) because "it is not commonly done"! First , this thinking is fallacious. The fallacy is called "Biased Generalization". From the Nizkor Project, Description of Biased Sample This fallacy is committed when a person draws a conclusion about a population based on a sample that is biased or prejudiced in some manner. It has the following form: