The Inferential Arrow: A Comment on Interdisciplinary Conversation


Dale A. Nance


The papers by Tim van Gelder and Chris Reed and Glenn Rowe reflect well both the complexity of the issues involved in trying to create a generic and flexible mapping tool useful for the study of various kinds of inference and the ingenuity that is being devoted to addressing these issues. I am particularly intrigued by the efforts described by Reed and Rowe to use a software tool, Araucaria, to translate among different diagrammatic tools developed by various theorists. As an evidence scholar, I come at this primarily with an interest in understanding the tool's use in analyzing evidence and inference in litigated cases. In other words, I come at it largely as Wigmore would. So, I am particularly interested in how Wigmore's famous chart method translates into other diagrammatic templates.


Evidence, Inferential Arrow

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Law, Probability & Risk

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6 Law, Probability, & Risk 87 (2007)

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