Natural Language Processing: One Tool That Will Shape Legal Research in 2016

Posted on 01-14-2016 by
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“While fundamentals of the practice of law will remain, Big Data, the tools to harvest it and the emerging force of the Millennials will not only supplement the fundamentals, but create a new class of research that will give those crafty enough to embrace it an edge.”

—Sean Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, North American Research Solutions                    

With creation of data increasing and storage costs decreasing, the world’s data has doubled over the last two years. In the following article Three Trends That Will Define the Next Horizon in Legal Research, Mr. Fitzpatrick identifies these two tools that will shape legal research in 2016 – natural language processing and machine learning.

One tool of prominence, natural language processing, helps computers derive the meaning from natural language input. This technology has many applications in the legal world. It can improve the effectiveness of search efforts across multiple databases that may be tagged or structured in very different formats, such as, when simultaneously searching across a firm’s internal work product and a database from a third-party provider.

The technology can also better understand a query and provide more accurate answers, direct the user to more on-point cases, or suggest related areas of law that may be relevant based on the facts of the matter under evaluation.

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