Argumentation theory for mathematical argument

Joseph Corneli, Ursula Martin, Dave Murray-Rust, Gabriela Rino Nesin, Alison Pease

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    To adequately model mathematical arguments the analyst must be able to represent the mathematical objects under discussion and the relationships between them, as well as inferences drawn about these objects and relationships as the discourse unfolds. We introduce a framework with these properties, which has been used to analyse mathematical dialogues and expository texts. The framework can recover salient elements of discourse at, and within, the sentence level, as well as the way mathematical content connects to form larger argumentative structures. We show how the framework might be used to support computational reasoning, and argue that it provides a more natural way to examine the process of proving theorems than do Lamport’s structured proofs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)173-214
    Number of pages42
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2019

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    • inference anchoring theory
    • mathematical practice
    • mathematical argument
    • structured proof


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