An explicit measure that is common to all elements in a category. If the category is a set of candidates for a job and the task is to select the best candidate, a commensurate measure would be one that all candidates have in common, such as their grade-point average in college. When trying to predict which candidate will be most successful, selectors tend to put too much weight on commensurate measures, even if the measures are irrelevant, thus reducing forecast accuracy (Slovic and McPhillamy 1974).