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Title: Argument structure hierarchy system and method for facilitating analysis and decision-making processes

Abstract

A system and method for facilitating decision-making comprising a computer program causing linkage of data representing a plurality of argument structure units into a hierarchical argument structure. Each argument structure unit comprises data corresponding to a hypothesis and its corresponding counter-hypothesis, data corresponding to grounds that provide a basis for inference of the hypothesis or its corresponding counter-hypothesis, data corresponding to a warrant linking the grounds to the hypothesis or its corresponding counter-hypothesis, and data corresponding to backing that certifies the warrant. The hierarchical argument structure comprises a top level argument structure unit and a plurality of subordinate level argument structure units. Each of the plurality of subordinate argument structure units comprises at least a portion of the grounds of the argument structure unit to which it is subordinate. Program code located on each of a plurality of remote computers accepts input from one of a plurality of contributors. Each input comprises data corresponding to an argument structure unit in the hierarchical argument structure and supports the hypothesis or its corresponding counter-hypothesis. A second programming code is adapted to combine the inputs into a single hierarchical argument structure. A third computer program code is responsive to the second computer programmore » code and is adapted to represent a degree of support for the hypothesis and its corresponding counter-hypothesis in the single hierarchical argument structure.« less

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (9840 Faust Dr., Vienna, VA 22182)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL
OSTI Identifier:
873131
Patent Number(s):
6098062
Assignee:
Janssen, Terry (9840 Faust Dr., Vienna, VA 22182) ANL
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
argument; structure; hierarchy; method; facilitating; analysis; decision-making; processes; comprising; computer; causing; linkage; data; representing; plurality; units; hierarchical; unit; comprises; corresponding; hypothesis; counter-hypothesis; grounds; provide; basis; inference; warrant; linking; certifies; top; level; subordinate; portion; code; located; remote; computers; accepts; input; contributors; supports; programming; adapted; combine; inputs; single; third; responsive; represent; degree; support; argument structure; data corresponding; data representing; structure comprises; accepts input; facilitating analysis; /706/

Citation Formats

Janssen, Terry. Argument structure hierarchy system and method for facilitating analysis and decision-making processes. United States: N. p., 2000. Web.
Janssen, Terry. Argument structure hierarchy system and method for facilitating analysis and decision-making processes. United States.
Janssen, Terry. Sat . "Argument structure hierarchy system and method for facilitating analysis and decision-making processes". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/873131.
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title = {Argument structure hierarchy system and method for facilitating analysis and decision-making processes},
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abstractNote = {A system and method for facilitating decision-making comprising a computer program causing linkage of data representing a plurality of argument structure units into a hierarchical argument structure. Each argument structure unit comprises data corresponding to a hypothesis and its corresponding counter-hypothesis, data corresponding to grounds that provide a basis for inference of the hypothesis or its corresponding counter-hypothesis, data corresponding to a warrant linking the grounds to the hypothesis or its corresponding counter-hypothesis, and data corresponding to backing that certifies the warrant. The hierarchical argument structure comprises a top level argument structure unit and a plurality of subordinate level argument structure units. Each of the plurality of subordinate argument structure units comprises at least a portion of the grounds of the argument structure unit to which it is subordinate. Program code located on each of a plurality of remote computers accepts input from one of a plurality of contributors. Each input comprises data corresponding to an argument structure unit in the hierarchical argument structure and supports the hypothesis or its corresponding counter-hypothesis. A second programming code is adapted to combine the inputs into a single hierarchical argument structure. A third computer program code is responsive to the second computer program code and is adapted to represent a degree of support for the hypothesis and its corresponding counter-hypothesis in the single hierarchical argument structure.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {1}
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