Increasing Certainty

EMYCIN systems sometimes include rules of the form:
A &and B &rarr A

Such a rule is logically redundant, but may serve to increase the CF of the conclusion based on additional evidence.

If; 1) The identity of the snake is 
       rattlesnake, and
    2) It bites someone, and 
    3) He dies
Then: There is strongly suggestive 
       evidence (.8) that the identity of 
       the snake is rattlesnake.

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