Ecological fallacy

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Term Ecological fallacy
Description The inference that a correlation between variables derived from data grouped in social or other aggregates (ecological units) will hold between persons (individual units).
Definition Ecological fallacy

The inference that a correlation between variables derived from data grouped in social or other aggregates (ecological units) will hold between persons (individual units).

References OEHHA. Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Program Risk Assessment Guidelines. Part I: Technical Support Document for The Determination of Acute Reference Exposure Levels for Airborne Toxicants, 1999 ( http://www.oehha.ca.gov/air/pdf/acuterel.pdf ). Scorecard Glossary ( http://www.scorecard.org/about/glossary.tcl )
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