Tag Archives: Judicial Decision Making

Scout Delivering Court Opinions Through the Awe-Inspiring Power of CourtListener (via Sunlight Foundation)

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Announcing the Beta Pre-Release of Legal Language Explorer.com

In partnership with Michigan State University College of Law and Emory Law, today we announce the Beta Pre-Release of a New Web Interface – LegalLanguageExplorer.com. We are just getting started here with this project and anticipate many features that will … Continue reading

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Oyez @ Chicago Kent Releases Free OyezToday App for IPhone

Kudos to Jerry Goldman, the other folks at the Oyez Project as well as the Chicago-Kent College of Law for making this free resource available to the public! From the description: “OYEZTODAY at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law offers you … Continue reading

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Court Under Roberts Is Most Conservative in Decades [Via NY Times]

The Sunday New York Times features an article by Adam Liptak assessing the conservatism of Robert Court.  The article features some good coverage for some of the leading law and political science scholars who study the United States Supreme Court. … Continue reading

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Netflix Challenge for SCOTUS Prediction?

During our break from blogging, Ian Ayers offered a very interesting post over a Freakonomics entitled “Prediction Markets vs. Super Crunching: Which Can Better Predict How Justice Kennedy Will Vote?” In general terms, the post compares the well known statistical … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court Open Infrastructure Project Meeting

Mike and I just spent a couple days a Washington University’s Center for Empirical Research in the Law for a meeting related to the Supreme Court Open Infrastructure Project. The meeting featured a number of great folks with cool data projects. … Continue reading

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Google Wave — A Promising Platform for Real-Time Collaboration

Also from the good folks at Google Scholar comes caselaw and patents together with metadata, page tags and a nice “how cited” feature.  Here is the announcement from the GoogleBlog. Useful analysis available at Legal Informatics Blog, Just in Case and Internet … Continue reading

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“Sink Method” Poster for Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS 2009 @ USC)

As we mentioned in previous posts, Seadragon is a really cool product. Please note load times may vary depending upon your specific machine configuration as well as the strength of your internet connection. For those not familiar with how to operate it … Continue reading

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Statistical Time Machines

So, I was a bit late on this … However, it is a really cool idea and thus I want to flag it for those who might have missed it.  As covered over at SCOTUS Blog and ELS Blog, the … Continue reading

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Hustle and Flow: A Social Network Analysis of the American Federal Judiciary [Repost from 3/25]

Together with Derek Stafford from the University of Michigan Department of Political Science, Hustle and Flow: A Social Network Analysis of the American Federal Judiciary represents our initial foray into Computational Legal Studies. The full paper contains a number of interesting visualizations … Continue reading

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Citation Analysis in Continental Jurisdictions

Anton Geist has posted Using Citation Analysis Techniques for Computer-Assisted Legal Research in Continental Jurisdictions to the SSRN.  While this is certainly longer than most papers, we believe it offers a good review of the broader information retrieval and law … Continue reading

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Locating Supreme Court Opinions in Doctrine Space

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Visualization of Supreme Court Co-Voting Network

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Institutional Rules, Strategic Behavior, Agenda Control & Inferences — Explaining Chief Justice Roberts Anomalous Decision in NAMUNDO

Agenda Control and Careful Inferences What are the class of potential inferences one should draw when the Chief Justice behaves in a manner which would appear at odds with our prior understandings of his jurisprudence? As I have argued in … Continue reading

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Visualization of the Ideological History of the Supreme Court

Here is a cool visual for the Martin-Quinn Scores. For those of you not familiar, the Martin-Quinn paper and “MQ Scores” represented a significant breakthrough in the field of judicial politics. On that note, Stephen Jessee & Alexander Tahk have done a nice job … Continue reading

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An Exchange in Need of Empirics and an Analytical or Computational Model

On a recent flight, I read Jeffrey Toobin’s New Yorker Article on Chief Justice Roberts entitled “No More Mr. Nice Guy”.  The exchange quoted above is drawn from this article. While I believe it is appropriate to engage empirical data where … Continue reading

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