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Burdens and standards of proof for inference to the best explanation

Burdens and standards of proof for inference to the best explanation

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Authors

  • Floris Bex
  • Douglas Walton

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems
Subtitle of host publicationJURIX 2010: The Twenty-Third Annual Conference
Place of publicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Publication date2010
Pages37-46
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-60750-681-2
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StatePublished

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NameFrontiers in artificial intelligence and applications
PublisherIOS Press
Volume223

Abstract

In this paper, we provide a formal logical account of the burden of proof and proof standards in legal reasoning. As opposed to the usual argument-based model we use a hybrid model for Inference to the Best Explanation, which uses stories or explanations as well as arguments. We use examples of real cases to show that our hybrid reasoning model allows for a natural modeling of burdens and standards of proof. © 2010 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved.

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