ah! getting closer! an analogy IS an inference.*
but an analogy is NOT deduction/induction/abduction. (i like analogies)
the difference is: analogy is from particular to particular.
deduction/induction/abduction involves the “general” in some part of it.
so it IS a GENERALIZATION issue i have. it occurs in the territory of INFERENCE. BUT it is not a particular issue.
* “In a narrower sense, analogy is an inference or an argument from one particular to another particular, as opposed to deduction, induction, and abduction, in which at least one of the premises, or the conclusion, is general rather than particular in nature. The term analogy can also refer to the relation between the source and the target themselves, which is often (though not always) a similarity, as in the biological notion of analogy.”