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event space

a subset of the set of all possible outcomes in a situation (the sample space). For example, the sample space of working days for a particular organization might comprise Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for all employees, but the event space for working days might include only Monday through Friday for some employees.

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February 26th 2024

fallacy

fallacy

n.

1. an error in reasoning or argument that leads to a conclusion that may appear valid but is actually invalid. A fallacy may be formal or informal. A formal fallacy involves a violation of a principle of formal logic. An informal fallacy leads to an invalid conclusion because it is misleading in its language or appears to apply to a situation when it does not really apply. See also either–or fallacy; false analogy; false authority; false cause; historical fallacy.

2. more generally, any mistaken idea. —fallacious adj.