University of Pittsburgh

Applying an Interactive Machine Learning Approach to Statutory Analysis

ISP graduate student
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:30pm - 1:00pm

Statutory analysis is a significant component of research on almost any legal issue and determining if a statutory provision applies is an integral part of the analysis. In this talk we present the initial results from an attempt to support the applicability assessment in situations where the number of statutory provisions to be considered is large. We propose the use of a framework in which a single human expert cooperates with a machine learning text classification algorithm. Our experiments show that an adoption of the approach leads to a better performance during the relevance assessment. In addition, we suggest how to re-use a classification model trained during one statutory analysis for another related analysis. This
points to a new way of capturing and re-using knowledge produced in the course of statutory analysis. Our experiments confirm the viability of this approach.

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