Putting Inductive Reasoning to the Test

Inductive reasoning, a way of thinking that makes sense of things by making specific observations and then drawing broad conclusions based on those observations, is a great way to come to a probable conclusion. Ask three simple questions of the evidence you’re using to back up your conclusion, and you can see if your argument is supported by inductive reasoning.

  1. Is the evidence sufficient?
  2. Does the evidence reflect the characteristics of all the individuals involved?
  3. Is the evidence relevant to your topic?