Connecting Databases with Argumentation

  • Shekhar Pradhan
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-36524-9_14

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2543)
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Pradhan S. (2003) Connecting Databases with Argumentation. In: Bartenstein O., Geske U., Hannebauer M., Yoshie O. (eds) Web Knowledge Management and Decision Support. INAP 2001. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2543. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


In this paper we introduce a proposal to give argumentation capacity to databases. A database is said to have argumentation capacity if it has the capacity to extract from the database a set of interacting arguments for and against claims and to determine the overall status of some information given all the interactions among all the arguments. We represent conflicts among arguments using a construct called contestation, which permits us to represent verious degrees of conflict among arguments. Argumentation databases as proposed here give answers to queries which are annotated with confidence values reflecting the degree of confidence one should have in the answer, where the degree of confidence is determined by the overall effect of all the conflicts and interactions among arguments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shekhar Pradhan
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  1. 1.Central Missouri State UniversityUSA

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