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Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
It has been repeatedly demonstrated that a robust predictor of the strength of an inductive argument is the similarity between the categories that are the focus of the induction. In this paper we evaluate why similarity is associated with the strength of such arguments. On one view, category similarity makes an argument strong because similarity is partially determined by features that are common to both categories, and the existence of these common features provides reason to think that thefatcat:qdaboeeawjgslmgkjkerzdqqyu