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The reconstruction of a complex argumentation can quickly become large and confusing. This tutorial will show you how to create clearly structured argument maps. You will learn to colour code arguments using "families", to create groups, to group arguments, and to use multiple argument maps in a debate.
Argunet provides a range of map tools that enable you to create debates that are clearly arranged and visually pleasing. The map tools window also contains a minimap displaying a miniature version of the active argument map, allowing for easy navigation. The map tools are usually located to the right of the current argument map.
Different map tools, such the arrange-arguments-tools, the layouting-tool and argument families, are introduced below.
The more arguments an argument map contains, the more difficult it becomes to arrange them clearly. To simplify this task, the map tools contain tools for arranging arguments.
In our example, we will centre two arguments on a vertical axis.
The arguments are now centred on a vertical axis on the argument map.
In addition to the arrange-arguments-tools there is an additional layouting-tool. The layouting-tool allows you to clearly arrange whole argument maps automatically.
The arguments are now clearly arranged on the argument map.
The arrangement of the argument map have now been changed back to the state before the “Layouting”-tool was used the last time.
Common properties between arguments can be visualized using so-called "families". Families consist of a family colour and a family name. Typical uses are, for example, the labelling of all arguments belonging to an author or a position, of all arguments of a certain type, or of arguments containing a certain premiss.
In our example, we will use families to distinguish the different positions in the debate about software patents. We will create two families, the family of the supporters' arguments and the family of the opponents' arguments.
By default, all arguments belong to the family whose colour is blue. Using the map tools , you can check which colour belongs to which family. The map tools are usually located to the left of the argument map.
So far, the colours have no specific meanings. The blue family is simply called "Family 1" . The first step will be to change the name of the family to "Supporters" .
The changes will appear in the map tools automatically. Furthermore, the arguments in the argument map will change colour when the colour of the family has changed.
We will now assign a new family to the arguments of the software patent opponents.
Repeat the steps described above for the second family in the map tool ( Family 2 ). This time, enter Opponents .
The arguments will change colour accordingly.
If you need more than four families, you can add new families to the map tools.
The new family appears in the map tools and can be assigned to arguments.
Families can be removed from the map tools in the same manner.
The family does not appear in the map tools anymore. However, arguments that have been assigned this family will retain their colour. To change this, you will have to assign them a new family.