# What are the advantages of using inductive rather than deductive reasoning?

Another advantage of inductive reasoning is that it permits you to be mistaken. Only by doing more observations will you be able to evaluate whether your premises are correct. When investigating a crime, detectives employ this technique of thinking. They see trends or make observations that lead them to draw certain conclusions. Then, they continue observing these things until something unusual happens-a new fact comes to light that requires revision of their theories.

Inductive reasoning is also important in science. Scientists hypothesize about how things work based on what they know about similar things. For example, scientists hypothesized that electricity flows through wires because they knew that lightning struck wires and found that to be true. Science also uses inductive reasoning when testing hypotheses. Researchers test ideas by seeing what happens when they remove one factor at a time from an experiment. If the result is unchanged or altered in a way that would not have been predicted if the hypothesis was true, then they reject the idea that underlies the experiment.

In mathematics, inductive proofs are used to establish facts by logical induction. In order to use logical induction, you first need to prove that the statement being proved is indeed true for numbers less than or equal to some number n. Once this has been done, you can assume that it's true for n - 1 and use this assumption to show that it must also be true for n.

As you can see, inductive reasoning allows you to make assumptions without proof.

## How do forensic scientists use deductive reasoning?

In crime scene investigations, investigators employ both inductive and deductive reasoning techniques. Deductive reasoning starts with a theory, then develops a hypothesis, seeks evidence, and finally seeks confirmation. Inductive reasoning begins with a set of facts, then builds upon that knowledge to make new conclusions or predictions.

Deductive reasoning is used by crime scene investigators to draw possible conclusions from evidence that has been discovered at the scene. For example, an investigator might conclude that the blood at the scene came from a human being based on its type. The blood would have come from a member of one of these groups: A, B, O, or AB. Based on this information, the investigator could rule out certain individuals who may have been present at the scene (for example, an animal blood sample would be classified as Type O).

Inductive reasoning is used by crime scene investigators to build theories about what happened based on evidence found at the scene. For example, an investigator might see blood at the scene that can be typed and conclude that someone was hurt here. From this fact alone, the investigator could hypothesize that an accident occurred. The investigator could then search for evidence that would support or contradict this theory.

Forensic scientists use deductive reasoning in their jobs every day.

## What type of reasoning bases conclusions on observations?

Inductive reasoning uses observations to derive logical conclusions based on evidence. Deductive reasoning is a type of logical reasoning that is hypothesis-based and draws inferences from test outcomes. Inductive reasoning is useful for identifying patterns in data, making predictions, and explaining features of the world. Deductive reasoning can be used to create models that explain existing facts or predict what will happen next. Inductive reasoning is often used in scientific investigations, while deductive reasoning is used in logic problems and arguments.

In mathematics, inductive reasoning is the process of proving or disproving conjectures by using observations to build up a body of knowledge. It is also the basis of many empirical methods, such as statistical inference and mathematical induction. In philosophy, inductive reasoning is the process of drawing generalizations about cases on the basis of observed similarities and differences between them. It is also used in science to infer properties of a subject based on sample data; for example, scientists use observations of the planets orbiting the sun to conclude that all planets must orbit around the sun. Finally, inductive reasoning is the most common form of thinking used by humans when solving problems: we make assumptions about the nature of things, work from there, and then check our results against reality.

Deductive reasoning is the process of reaching conclusions by following strict rules or steps.

##### Dorris Hevner

Dorris Hevner is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing for over 10 years. She enjoys working with clients on issues that prevent them from living their best life possible: relationships, trauma, mental health, and substance use.