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Name :  Devin Griffiths * Name:   
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08-03  E-mail:    
Session: 8- Analogy in Reasoning and Construction Schedule:
Saturday, 11:20
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The Semantic Analysis of Analogy in Darwin's Origin of Species
I discuss the role of analogy in Darwin’s "Origin of Species" using textual analysis. One of his key contributions was to redefine "evolution", "species" and other basic concepts. I analyze single-sentence analogical constructions over the course of his work using Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) in novel ways that include Fisher testing, leading to a discussion of analogy and its relationship to the coherence of sentence-to-sentence meaning. Analogies transfer characteristics between semantic systems and I reflect upon what this implies.