Decision Support for Practical Reasoning:
a theoretical and computational perspective
Rod Girle, David Hitchcock, Peter McBurney, Bart Verheij
Practical reasoning is reasoning about what is to be done. A decision on what
to do may involve weighing the options open to an individual, taking into account
dependencies on the actions of others, or complex collaborative decisionmaking.
The role of argument in practical reasoning is explored in this chapter,
both from a philosophical and computational perspective. In doing so, we discuss
the use of computational systems in assisting people engaged in decision
making, and, in particular, we investigate practical reasoning as joint deliberation
between the human and decision support system. Such a system, it is
argued, facilitates research into the use of argumentation techniques in computational
models of practical reasoning, and the use of computational models to
evaluate theories of practical reasoning.
Girle, R., Hitchcock, D.L.,
McBurney, P. & Verheij, B. (2003). Decision Support for Practical Reasoning:
a theoretical and computational perspective. Argumentation Machines. New
Frontiers in Argument and Computation (eds. C.
Reed & T.J. Norman), pp. 55-84. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.
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