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Hypothesis-Based Reference Management Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243093D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a hypothesis-based reference management tool. This approach uses a hypotheses and assumptions-based sorting tool that allows evidence to be sorted according to the individual hypothesis and assumptions that each supports, along with an ability to weigh the confidence people have in each of the assumptions and hypothesis.

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Hypothesis-Based Reference Management Tool

For professionals who need to build complex cases that rely on massive amounts of evidence or data points (e.g., intelligence analysts, medical researchers, etc.), the challenges of sorting and managing the high volume of evidence that supports an overall understanding of the case can make ascertaining the strength and weaknesses of the cases in a holistic manner difficult.

Current methods of managing cases use segmented methods such as topical or author-based methods to sort evidence, which leave gaps in differentiating between the quantity and quality of the gathered evidence.

The novel contribution is a reference management tool. This approach uses a hypotheses and assumptions-based sorting tool that allows evidence to be sorted according to the individual hypothesis and assumptions that each supports, along with an ability to weigh the confidence people have in each of the assumptions and hypothesis.

When building a case, the researcher usually creates key hypotheses with supporting assumptions to aid in developing the case. The core novel idea enables the direct tagging of evidence to each of the assumptions or hypothesis. The confidence level for each of the hypothesis and assumptions can then be manually weighted as a gauge of the strength or weakness of the hypothesis or argument. The evidence sets can also be filtered based on the assumptions or hypotheses to which it is tagged. All these enable people who are...