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Fri Jan 16 2004

Books: Computational Linguistics: Reed et al (Eds.)

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  1. Jasper.deVaal, Argumentation Machines: Reed, Norman (Eds.)

Message 1: Argumentation Machines: Reed, Norman (Eds.)

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 16:36:15 -0500 (EST)
From: Jasper.deVaal <>
Subject: Argumentation Machines: Reed, Norman (Eds.)

Title: Argumentation Machines
Subtitle: New Frontiers in Argument and Computation
Series Title: Argumentation Library
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher:	Kluwer Academic Publishers
Book URL: 

Editor: Chris Reed, University of Dundee, UK 
Editor: Timothy J. Norman, University of Aberdeen, UK 

Hardback: ISBN: 1402018118, Pages: 262, Price: EUR 104.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1402018118, Pages: 262, Price: USD 114.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1402018118, Pages: 262, Price: GBP 72.00


This book represents the first coherent published work in bringing
together various branches of artificial intelligence with
argumentation and rhetoric, and, as such, aims to play a key role in
the establishment of a new field of scholarly research. The volume not
only offers in-depth assessments of existing research, but also
represents a substantial advance in the state of the art, and lays out
a roadmap for future work in this newly emerging cross-disciplinary

Computer scientists, and, in particular, Artificial Intelligence
researchers, have been inspired by the notions of argumentation for as
almost long as the field has existed. Scholars in the philosophy of
language and reasoning, and others studying language-use in the social
sciences, can trace ancient roots for models of argument that are
descriptive, normative, or cognitive. With both the computational and
non-computational work generating substantial fields of research, it
is surprising that direct communication between the computational and
non-computational sides has been relatively limited until quite
recently. Though there might be any number of useful ways to identify
foci for this potential interaction, this volume explores a number of
places at which a concerted effort might yield rich rewards. The first
is in multi-agent systems, where commitment-based models of
interaction between autonomous agents offer significant advantages to
agent-based systems designs, and computational models offer a means to
rigorously evaluate theories of dialogue. The second is in practical
reasoning, and in particular the role of supporting humans in such
reasoning through the application of rich and sophisticated models of
argument. The third is in law, where traditions of rhetoric and modern
developments in argumentation might be expected to drive new
innovation in AI &amp; Law systems and theories. The fourth is in
natural language generation, where models of rhetoric and argument
structure can be put to work as operational definitions and algorithms
for system design and implementation. And the fifth picks up on the
importance of rhetoric across different subfields, identifying the
roles that rhetorical models can play throughout AI, and considering
how such application might lead to new departures for rhetoric itself.

Audience: This book is of interest to academics, researchers, PhD and
graduate students in philosophy of argument, logic, informal logic,
critical thinking, rhetoric, artificial intelligence, multi-agent
systems, computational linguistics, natural language processing, law,
cognitive science and the interdisciplinary areas between these

Lingfield(s):	Computational Linguistics 			 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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