The litigator’s toolbelt: Predictive Coding 101

Predictive coding requires significant reliance on humans to train and fine-tune the system through an iterative process

Query your average litigation attorney about the difference between predictive coding technology and other more traditional litigation tools, and you’re likely to get a wide range of responses. The fact that “predictive coding” goes by many names, including “computer-assisted review” (CAR) and “technology-assisted review” (TAR) illustrates a fundamental problem: What is predictive coding, and how is it different from other tools in the litigator’s technology toolbelt?

Predictive coding is a type of technology that enables a computer to “predict” how documents should be classified based on input or “training” from human reviewers. The technology can expedite the document review process by finding key documents faster, potentially saving organizations thousands of hours of time. And in a profession where time is money, narrowing days, weeks, or even months of tedious document review into more reasonable time frames means organizations can save big bucks by keeping litigation expenditures in check.

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Matt Nelson

Matthew Nelson is an attorney and legal technology expert with Symantec who has spent the past 15 years helping organizations address a wide array of...

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