Interactive Causal Schematics for Qualitative Scientific Explanations

  • Robert B. Allen
  • Yejun Wu
  • Jun Luo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3815)


We present a simple model for describing causal processes. We apply it to generate schematics of complex scientific processes. Our interface allows users to select among causal threads and then to follow the state transitions of those explanations. Moreover, these schematics can provide a framework for interacting with texts.


Digital Library Cognitive Organizer Rhetorical Structure Theory Causal Schematic Discourse Coherence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert B. Allen
    • 1
  • Yejun Wu
    • 2
  • Jun Luo
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Information Science and TechnologyDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaU.S.A.
  2. 2.College of Information StudiesUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkU.S.A.

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