Translating Wigmore diagrams

Glenn Rowe, Chris Reed

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    In the early 20th century. J.H. Wigmore described a new method for and laying out arguments in legal cases. His proposal was the first system of argument diagramming, and it is still in use in jurisprudence today. Wigmore diagrams offer a rich ontology of argumentation concepts which in some respects are close to ideas in other, more modern systems of argument analysis and argument diagramming - whilst in other areas, is much richer and more specific than alternatives. The features of Wigmore analyses might reasonably be expected to contribute to modern, computational approaches to argument, both in the legal domain and more broadly. This paper explores some of the key issues in representing Wigmore analyses and translating between them and other systems of analysis such as those founded upon Toulmin models and scheme-based models.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputational Models of Argument
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of COMMA 2006
    EditorsPaul E. Dunne, Trevor J. M. Bench-Capon
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherIOS Press
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)9781586036522
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event1st International Conference on Computational Models of Argument - University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Duration: 11 Sept 200612 Sept 2006

    Publication series

    NameFrontiers in artificial intelligence and applications
    PublisherIOS Press


    Conference1st International Conference on Computational Models of Argument
    Abbreviated titleCOMMA 2006
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • Argument diagramming
    • Argument interchange
    • Argumentation schemes
    • Legal argument
    • Wigmore Diagrams


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