Austlii's Aide – Natural Language Legislative Rulebases

Proc. International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law (ICIAL) 2001

8 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2012

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Russell Allen

Independent

Philip Chung

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2001

Abstract

Aide ('AustLII Inferencing Development Environment') provides a quasi-natural language form of knowledge representation which is reasonably close to statutory language, but at the same time represents knowledge so that it can be used by an inferencing engine using predicate calculus, not only a propositional form of representation. Problems encountered have included the need to take account of whitespace in legislation, the complexities of parsing choices, and the difficulties of determining when objects are the same or different in natural language parsing.

Aide also provide a supportive development environment for the user by parse tree differentiation to assist the user choosing the correct parsing of rules. The development environment and the user environment are both web-based, facilitating collaborative development of knowledgebases, and the integration of inferencing dialogues with legal source texts on the web.

Keywords: inferencing, artifiicial intelligence, rulebases, law, legislation, DataLex, Aide, AustLII, natural language

Suggested Citation

Allen, Russell and Chung, Philip and Mowbray, Andrew and Greenleaf, Graham, Austlii's Aide – Natural Language Legislative Rulebases (July 1, 2001). Proc. International Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Law (ICIAL) 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2187092

Russell Allen

Independent ( email )

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Philip Chung

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia
+61 2 9385 2233 (Phone)
+61 2 9385 1175 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham

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