Legal N-Grams? A Simple Approach to Track the ‘Evolution’ of Legal Language
Proceedings of JURIX 2011: The 24th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, Vienna, 2011
7 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 13, 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.
Keywords: N-Grams, Computational Linguistics, Law, Courts, Judges, Evolution of Law, Legal Memes, Time Series
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