Man versus Machine: Predictive Coding Making Its Mark in Electronic Discovery

08/01/2012

Seasoned lawyer, mid-level associate, first-year attorney, meet your opponent - a computer program designed to take the place of human reviewers of electronic discovery. The concept is known as "predictive coding" or computer-assisted document coding and review and is slowly beginning to make its mark in electronic discovery.

The term predictive coding has varying definitions depending on the underlying process being implemented. The most common process underlying the term predictive coding - or computer-assisted document coding and review - is the process of using algorithms to train a computer to review and code documents based on interaction with a human reviewer. Predictive coding allows the computer to learn from human decisions and then apply those decisions to new data. The human reviewer is not replaced entirely - only in part.

Excepted from Flash, Newsletter of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, July-August 2012. To read the full article, click here.

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