"The number of households applying for home heating assistance has climbed to record levels for the third straight year, rising by 15 percent to a projected 8.8 million this winter, state energy officials said Monday. This compares with almost 7.7 million recipients last year and 5.7 million in 2008. "
"According to the survey nearly half of Europeans believe a victory by the Democratic candidate, Senator Barack Obama, would improve relations between the United States and Europe. This is compared with only 11 percent who believe ties would improve if the Republican candidate, Senator John McCain, were elected."
"Studies have shown that outbreaks of monkeypox tend to die out in humans as the virus passes through successive waves, or generations, of cases. This contrasts with smallpox, which continues to spread for centuries until the person-to-person chain of transmission is broken."
"Truancy rather than chicanery was the theme in Spain. The absence of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in Davis Cup tennis is contrasted to nations like Sweden and Spain, where the best players display national pride. Next time Mac should listen to his freaky demons, and pencil himself in at doubles."
Could "compares with", "is compared with", "contrasts with", and "is contrasted to" mean the same and be interchangeable in these similar contexts?