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Old 07-08-2019, 05:00 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by FlyingScot View Post
That's a catchy saying, but with all due respect, it's completely wrong.

If the same "anecdote" happened once a week for 10 weeks, you'd call it data, wouldn't you?
An "anecdote" is generally a short, amusing, one-off kind of story. The saying I used means that you can't extrapolate from a single event to conclude that you have some kind of "data" or repeatable event.

At some point, if the thing keeps happening, it is probably no longer an anecdote, and may actually be "data", but we don't have that in this case, do we?
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