An intelligent debater for teaching argumentation

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Despite the growing number of ITSs for teaching argumentation, few tutors actually debate the student. An intelligent debater allows the student to practice argumentation and provides the motivation to analyze evidence. Here I describe an intelligent debater used in Policy World to argue with students about policy recommendations. The intelligent debater forces the student to recommend a policy intervention, to describe how the intervention affects the desired policy outcomes, and to provide evidence. The debater then attacks infeasible recommendations, implausible mechanisms, and weak evidence. Key aspects of the intelligent debater algorithm are presented for those interested in using intelligent debaters in science, law, and history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Tutoring Systems - 10th International Conference, ITS 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages3
EditionPART 2
StatePublished - Aug 27 2010
Event10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2010 - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2010Jun 18 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume6095 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other10th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA


  • Argumentation
  • Causal reasoning
  • Debate
  • Pedagogical agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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