A computational model of ratio decidendi

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This paper proposes a model ofratio decidendi as a justification structure consisting of a series of reasoning steps, some of which relate abstract predicates to other abstract predicates and some of which relate abstract predicates to specific facts. This model satisfies an important set of characteristics ofratio decidendi identified from the jurisprudential literature. In particular, the model shows how the theory under which a case is decided controls its precedential effect. By contrast, a purely exemplar-based model ofratio decidendi fails to account for the dependency of precedential effect on the theory of decision.
Keywords explanation   ratio decidendi  reduction graph  warrant
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    Henry Prakken & Giovanni Sartor (1996). Editors' Introduction. Artificial Intelligence and Law 4 (3-4):157-161.
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