I am using a concept that was developed for one subject area and applying it to a different area. However, there is a one-to-one correspondence between the objects in the original concept and the objects in the area I would like to apply it to.

Specifically, I am drawing an analogy between voters in a shareholder meeting (where not everyone has the same voting power) and chemicals at a Superfund site, in that both carry a certain weight (votes/health risk) towards a measure (bill/remedial action decision).

I would like to introduce this discussion with a section header that quickly describes that I will be providing a rationale for applicability of the specific concept. Right now, I am using the provisional title Rationale for Applicability, but perhaps there is something "preposition-free" or more descriptive?

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    Applicability comes with its inherent sense of its rationale, why the redundancy?
    – Kris
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 6:45
  • "I will discuss the Applicability of the Concept." (i.e., why it is claimed to be applicable, suitable, appropriate, or the necessary-&-sufficient process)
    – Kris
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 6:48
  • @Kris Thanks...that's what I was leaning towards...I'm simply using Applicability as the section heading as it is objous what I referring to the applicability of from prior sections. Thanks!
    – user58946
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 16:38

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Correlation! Simple and straight forward enough; correlation may have degrees, or be one-to one. . .


Analogy, as you used yourself is a good word for that.

Parable is another word, which means a similar story for demonstrating something. But is generally used in a moral context. Although I don't see why it can not be applied in a scientific situation.


Per Kris' response:

Applicability comes with its inherent sense of its rationale, why the redundancy?

Applicability would be understood as providing a rationale, so I will simply use that.

  • @choster That answer is not posted for accepting so I referenced it in my answer so I can close out the question.
    – user58946
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 19:22
  • Ah, my mistake. But in that case, you ought to reproduce the full answer and then self-accept; otherwise, it sends the return visitor on a hunt to find where the correct answer actually lies.
    – choster
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 19:41
  • @choster edited per your comment.
    – user58946
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 21:04
  • @Eupraxis1981: You didn't actually mark this as accepted. If you mark it as accepted it makes it a lot more clear that it answered your question adequately.
    – MrHen
    Commented Dec 17, 2013 at 21:07

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