Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Authority Structures But Were Unable to Represent

James R. Meehan

If we’re ever to get programs to reason intelligently about activities that are governed by laws, we'll need a clear understanding of such concepts as obligations, politics, disputes, and enforcement. Our work on this topic started when we tried to build a program that could understand some legal correspondence from 17th-century England, and its current application is in a program that simulates social interaction among small groups such as families and schools. While the long-range applications are in natural language processing, this work is primarily concerned with fundamental issues of representation.

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