Persuasive Precedents

Bex, F., Bench-Capon, T., Verheij, B.

Stories can be a powerful vehicle of persuasion. We typically use stories to link known events into coherent wholes. One way to establish coherence is to appeal to past examples, real or fictitious. These examples can be chosen and critiqued using legal case-based reasoning (CBR) techniques. In this paper, we apply these techniques to factual stories, assessing a story about the facts using precedents. We thus show how legal reasoning in a CBR model is equally applicable to reasoning with factual stories.

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Bex, F., Bench-Capon, T., Verheij, B. (2012). Persuasive Precedents. The Third Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative (CMN 2012), 169-173.

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