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Evaluating cases in legal disputes as rival theories

Li, Jason; Stenetorp, Pontus

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In this paper we propose to draw a link from the quantitative notion of coherence, previously used to evaluate rival scientific theories, to legal reasoning. We evaluate the stories of the plaintiff and the defendant in a legal case as rival theories by measuring how well they cohere when accounting for the evidence. We show that this gives rise to a formalized comparison between rival cases that account for the same set of evidence, and provide a possible explanation as to why judgements may...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Conference paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/57800
Source: Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop of Juris-infomatics (JURISIN 2009)
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-14888-0_6

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