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ERIC Number: ED445359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 28
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Twenty-Five Years of the Fuzzy Factor: Fuzzy Logic, the Courts, and Student Press Law.
Plopper, Bruce L.; McCool, Lauralee
A study applied the structure of fuzzy logic, a fairly modern development in mathematical set theory, to judicial opinions concerning non-university, public school student publications, from 1975 to 1999. The study examined case outcomes (19 cases generated 27 opinions) as a function of fuzzy logic, and it evaluated interactions between fuzzy logic and the following factors: court level, materials involved, administrative action taken, and chronology of decision. Findings show that in general, courts using fuzzy logic favor administrators, while courts avoiding fuzzy logic favor students. Future research might examine (1) non-university public school student press cases from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s; (2) university cases from the past 40 years; and (3) student-initiated symbolic speech cases. Contains 4 tables of data and 56 notes. Attached are a list of evaluated opinions and case-by-case data for court decisions. (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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