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Thesis Defense - de Vesine

Calvin: Producing Expert Arguments about Geological History
Laura Caitlin Rassbach de Vesine
Computer Science PhD Candidate
6/30/2009
1:00pm-3:00pm

Experts in a variety of scientific fields reason in a heuristic, argumentation-based way. Automating this reasoning in a way that produces human-like results requires graceful handling of both contradiction and partial support. Weighing the relative strengths of arguments is most naturally done in a multi-dimensional, qualitative way, separately judging the validity and applicability of the knowledge used. Calvin is an argumentation system that solves these problems for cosmogenic isotope dating of geologic landforms, producing arguments that match both the structure and content of human domain expert reasoning.

Committee: Elizabeth Bradley, Professor (Chair)
Kenneth Anderson, Associate Professor
Michael Eisenberg, Associate Professor
James Martin, Professor
Marek Zreda, University of Arizona
Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
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