What Makes a Story Plausible? The Need for Precedents

Floris Bex, Trevor Bench-Capon and Bart Verheij

When reasoning about the facts of a case, we typically use stories to link the 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 the case-based reasoning (CBR) techniques from the AI and Law literature. In this paper, we apply these techniques to factual stories, assessing a story about the facts using precedents. We thus show how factual and legal reasoning can be combined in a CBR model.

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Bex, F.J., Bench-Capon, T.J.M., & Verheij, B. (2011). What Makes a Story Plausible? The Need for Precedents. Legal Knowledge and Information Systems. JURIX 2011: The Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference (ed. K.M. Atkinson), 23-32. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

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