Stede & Kuhn on Identifying the Content Zones of German Court Decisions

Professor Dr. Manfred Stede and Florian Kuhn, both of Universität Potsdam Department Linguistik, have published Identifying the Content Zones of German Court Decisions, in Business Information Systems Workshops: BIS 2009 International Workshops, Poznan, Poland, April 27-29, 2009, Revised Papers (2009).

The paper was originally presented at LIT 2009: The 2nd Workshop on Legal Informatics and Legal Information Technology, held 28 April 2009 in Poznan, Poland.

Here is the abstract of the paper:

A central step in the automatic processing of court decisions is the identification of the various content zones, i.e., breaking up the document into functionally independent areas. We assembled a corpus of German court decisions and argue that this genre belongs to the class of semi-structured text documents. Currently, we are implementing zone identification by means of a set of recognition rules, following up on our earlier experiences with a different genre (film reviews).

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