a) Anecdotal evidence.

A handful of stores, just one mall, not what youd call a statistically significant sample. In fact, the most recent government report was that retail sales rose in January, which just goes to show why the journalists approach to reality, what you might call "anecdata," may be the flimsiest form of forecasting.

b) 4285 (March 6, 1992), "Guessing Game":

Anecodotal evidence strongly suggests that this is just the high profile expression of a much larger problem of misogynistic violence.

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