A simple illustration would be that it's easy to toss 10 heads in a row (1 in 1024 odds). Simply toss a coin 100 times, and ignore the tails. That's pretty much what cherry picking is, though there's also data mining, which is searching out for significant looking stats and ignoring the insignificant looking ones. pathetic 10:30, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
The "if you had faith, you'd feel/know/understand god"
Can it be considered some sort of cherry picking? I mean, lately I've been running in a lot of people claiming that -they- have felt his presence, that someone they know has felt, etc., while at the same time dismissing anyone's claims or questions regarding when people don't feel as "lack of faith/doing it wrong/you were blind to the obvious evidence!" Is this also some sort of cherry picking or is it another fallacy? 188.8.131.52 (talk) 19:52, 1 June 2013 (UTC)
- No, it's more like special pleading. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 20:18, 1 June 2013 (UTC)
Is the pharmaceutical use of cherry-picking appropriate for this page? It is to identify & select the "ripe" cherries for the next phase, not present a few results as typical of the whole batch tested. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 21:07, 4 August 2018 (UTC)