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Artificial Intelligence and Legal Analytics
New Tools for Law Practice in the Digital Age

  • Date Published: August 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107171503
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  • The field of artificial intelligence (AI) and the law is on the cusp of a revolution that began with text analytic programs like IBM's Watson and Debater and the open-source information management architectures on which they are based. Today, new legal applications are beginning to appear and this book - designed to explain computational processes to non-programmers - describes how they will change the practice of law, specifically by connecting computational models of legal reasoning directly with legal text, generating arguments for and against particular outcomes, predicting outcomes and explaining these predictions with reasons that legal professionals will be able to evaluate for themselves. These legal applications will support conceptual legal information retrieval and allow cognitive computing, enabling a collaboration between humans and computers in which each does what it can do best. Anyone interested in how AI is changing the practice of law should read this illuminating work.

    • Succinctly describes artificial intelligence (AI) and law advances in developing computational models of legal reasoning that can be integrated with text analytic techniques to achieve conceptual legal IR and cognitive computing
    • Focuses on high level but intuitive descriptions of computational processes and does not assume that readers are familiar with computer programming
    • Explains current legal technology, including e-discovery and legal information retrieval, how to measure the technology's effectiveness, the technology's limitations and how it will be improved given text analytics, and AI and law computational models
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    'In relation to the composition of this book, it provides a comprehensive and user-friendly description of this interdisciplinary area, focusing on the suitability of developing legal devices based on artificial intelligence. The structure of the work allows users to analyse how representation of legal logic knowledge occurs, and its suitability for computational implementations … On this matter, the author provides relevant and understandable illustrations that facilitate the linkage between theory and the development of the techno legal implementations. … Artificial Intelligence and Legal Analytics: New Tools for Law Practice in the Digital Age is a fundamental work for those of us who are interested in the intersection between intelligent technology and the legal field, and its promising future.' Jesus Manuel Niebla Zatarain, SCRIPTed

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    17th Dec 2017 by PhillipTaylor

    OH NO! ANOTHER AI BOOK HITS THE SHELVES! THIS TIME FROM CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS An appreciation by Elizabeth Robson Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers and Phillip Taylor MBE, Head of Chambers and Reviews Editor, “The Barrister” The field of artificial intelligence (AI) and “the law” lie, as Kevin Ashley writes so eloquently in his introduction “on the cusp of a revolution that began with text analytic programs like IBM's Watson and Debater and the open-source information management architectures on which they are based”. A good start for the reader brushing up skills on recent developments in AI and analytics! We welcome this far-sighted new work on AI and legal analytics appearing, as it does, at just the right time for the new debate. Ashley continues his mission, stating that “new legal applications are beginning to appear” so these new tools are “designed to explain computational processes to non-programmers”. The book describes how these tools will change the way we practice law, “specifically by connecting computational models of legal reasoning directly with legal text, generating arguments for and against particular outcomes, predicting outcomes and explaining these predictions with reasons that legal professionals will be able to evaluate for themselves”. Readers can take it from the author that big changes are on the way, ad if we didn’t probably know that already! The legal applications themselves will support conceptual legal information retrieval and allow cognitive computing, enabling a collaboration between humans and computers in which each does what it can do best. We feel that anyone interested in how AI is changing the practice of law should read this illuminating work now before it is too late. And be prepared for many more books like this to appear in the next couple of years as the technological advances continue. The publication date for this edition is cited as at 31st October 2017.

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    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107171503
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 111 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Computational Models of Legal Reasoning:
    1. Introducing AI and Law and its role in future legal practice
    2. Modeling statutory reasoning
    3. Modeling case-based legal reasoning
    4. Models for predicting legal outcomes
    5. Computational models of legal argument
    Part II. Legal Text Analytics:
    6. Representing legal concepts in ontologies and type systems
    7. Making legal informational retrieval smarter
    8. Machine learning with legal texts
    9. Extracting information from statutory and regulatory texts
    10. Extracting argument-related information from legal case texts
    Part III. Connecting Computational Reasoning Models and Legal Texts:
    11. Conceptual legal information retrieval for cognitive computing
    12. Cognitive computing legal apps.

  • Author

    Kevin D. Ashley, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    Kevin Ashley is a Professor of Law and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science. He received a B.A. from Princeton University, New Jersey, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts. A visiting scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, New York, NSF Presidential Young Investigator and Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, he is co-Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Intelligence and Law and teaches in the University of Bologna Erasmus Mundus doctoral program in Law, Science and Technology.

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