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Software Tools for the Visualization of Definition Networks in Legal Contracts

Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Law

5 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2013  

Michael Curtotti

Australian National University (ANU)

Eric McCreath

Australian National University (ANU)

Srinivas Sridharan

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: June 10, 2013

Abstract

This paper describes the development of prototype software-based tools for visualizing definitions within legal contracts. The tools demonstrate visualization techniques for enhancing the readability and comprehension of definitions and their associated characteristics. This contributes to more accurate and efficient drafting or reading of contracts through the exploration of the meaning and use of definitions including via word clouds, multilayer navigation, adjacency matrix and graph tree representations.

Keywords: legal informatics, definitions, legal contracts, word clouds, network visualization, contract visualization, text visualization, graph metrics

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Curtotti, Michael and McCreath, Eric and Sridharan, Srinivas, Software Tools for the Visualization of Definition Networks in Legal Contracts (June 10, 2013). Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Law. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2304668

Michael Curtotti (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Eric McCreath

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Australia

Srinivas Sridharan

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0502
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
United States

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