anecdata

anecdata

An ad hoc portmanteau for anecdotal evidence that is used as data in an attempt to prove a hypothesis.
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One of our favorite recent additions is a concept very familiar to many of us these days: anecdata is anecdotal evidence based on personal observations but presented as fact.
33) Anecdata are "these horror stories over which we try to construct theories about how something is or is not working.
52) Christopher Slobogin, Doubts About Daubert: Psychiatric Anecdata as a Case Study, 57 WASH.
But Edin and Kefalas don't really improve on this--their project is anecdata writ large.