Legal N-Grams? A Simple Approach to Track the ‘Evolution’ of Legal Language
Daniel Martin Katz
Michigan State University - College of Law
Michael James Bommarito II
Bommarito Consulting, LLC
Emory University School of Law
Michigan State University College of Law
affiliation not provided to SSRN
December 13, 2011
Proceedings of JURIX 2011: The 24th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, Vienna, 2011
In this paper, we highlight the potential of n-grams as a vehicle to explore the ‘evolution’ of the law and legal language. Using the full text corpus of decisions of the United States Supreme Court (1791-2005), we explore the n-gram space, offer some initial results based upon our calculations and highlight the beta version of our n-gram search interface.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: N-Grams, Computational Linguistics, Law, Courts, Judges, Evolution of Law, Legal Memes, Time Series
Date posted: December 16, 2011
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