# Law of small numbers

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**Law of small numbers** may refer to:

*The Law of Small Numbers*, a book by Ladislaus Bortkiewicz- Poisson distribution, the use of that name for this distribution originated in the book
*The Law of Small Numbers*

- Poisson distribution, the use of that name for this distribution originated in the book
- Hasty generalization, a logical fallacy also known as the law of small numbers
- The tendency for an initial segment of data to show some bias that drops out later, one example in number theory being Kummer's conjecture on cubic Gauss sums

- Strong Law of Small Numbers, an observation made by the mathematician Richard K. Guy:
*"There aren't enough small numbers to meet the many demands made of them."*

## See also[edit]

- Law of large numbers, a theorem that describes results approaching their average probabilities as they increase in sample size. (
*Hasty generalization*is the mistaken application of this law to small data sets.) - Pigeonhole principle, the occurrence of mathematical coincidences

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