Rhetoric and analogies

Enriqueta Aragones, Itzhak Gilboa, Andrew Postlewaite, David Schmeidler

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Abstract

The art of rhetoric may be defined as changing other people's minds (opinions, beliefs) without providing them new information. One technique heavily used by rhetoric employs analogies. Using analogies, one may draw the listener's attention to similarities between cases and to re-organize existing information in a way that highlights certain regularities. In this paper we offer two models of analogies, discuss their theoretical equivalence, and show that finding good analogies is a computationally hard problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Economics
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Analogies
  • Complexity
  • Rhetoric

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