Ask Catalyst: How Do I Decide The Percentage At Which To Cut Off Search?

[Editor’s note: This is another post in our “Ask Catalyst” series, in which we answer your questions about e-discovery search and review. To learn more and submit your own question, go here.]

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If I am the producing party, on what basis do I decide the percentage at which I’m cutting off the search for relevant documents? Does that have to be agreed upon by the parties?

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s question is answered by Thomas Gricks, managing director of professional services.  Continue reading

Catalyst’s Chief Scientist Questions Validity of Patent Case Against kCura

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A small company made big news in the e-discovery world last week when it filed a series of patent infringement lawsuits against kCura, developer of the Relativity search and review platform, and several of kCura’s partners, alleging violation of a patent for concept-based visual presentation of search results.

In addition to kCura, the plaintiff, Blackbird Technologies, has filed separate lawsuits against Innovative Discovery, UnitedLex Corporation, System One Holdings, Advanced Discovery, Xact Data Services, TransPerfect, LDiscoveryand EvD Inc. (now a subsidiary of Ubic.) The lawsuits were all filed June 7 in the U.S. District Court in Delaware. Continue reading

Ask Catalyst: What Are The Thresholds for Using Technology Assisted Review?

[Editor’s note: This is another post in our “Ask Catalyst” series, in which we answer your questions about e-discovery search and review. To learn more and submit your own question, go here.]
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We received this question:

What are the thresholds (in numbers of docs) at which your company will recommend the use of predictive coding? Would this be case dependent or just a percentage of documents (e.g. 100 out of 1,000 documents giving us 10%)?

Today’s question is answered by Dr. Jeremy Pickens, senior applied research scientist. Continue reading

Ask Catalyst: If TAR 2.0 Discourages Using Random Documents for Training, Aren’t the Results Biased?

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We received this question:

TAR 2.0 seems to discourage using randomly selected documents for training. Doesn’t this bias the results? How do I know what I don’t know?

Today’s question is answered by Thomas Gricks, managing director of professional services.  Continue reading

How Many Documents in a Gigabyte: 2016 Edition

How_Many_DocsReaders of our blog will know that I have a continuing interest in answering the perennial e-discovery question: “How many native documents are in a gigabyte?” I started thinking about this in 2011 and published my first article on the subject based on analysis of 18 million files. Challenging industry assumptions, which ran from 5,000 to as many as 15,000, I concluded that the average across all files—based on that sample—was closer to 2,500. Continue reading

Ask Catalyst: With Continuous Active Learning, How Do I Know When to Stop the Review?

[Editor’s note: This is another post in our “Ask Catalyst” series, in which we answer your questions about e-discovery search and review. To learn more and submit your own question, go here.]
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We received this question:

With Continuous Active Learning, how do I know when I can stop the review? Wouldn’t it be easier if I just knew in advance?

Today’s question is answered by Thomas Gricks, managing director of professional services.  Continue reading

Introducing A New Weekly Feature on this Blog: Ask Catalyst

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Here at Catalyst, we get a lot of good questions about e-discovery technology. And we answer every question we get. Whether the question comes from a client, a webinar attendee, or anyone else, we make sure it gets answered.

And we have some really smart people who answer the questions. That’s not to brag, it’s just a statement of fact. We have one of the world’s leading information retrieval scientists. We have the lawyer who was lead e-discovery counsel in the first contested case to win approval for the use of technology assisted review. We have another former litigator who also started his own e-discovery software company. We have a staff brimming with highly experienced technology and litigation-support experts of all kinds. Continue reading

Perlman: ABA Future Commission Not Out to Regulate ‘Entire Legal Tech Industry’

ABA_Future_CommissionThe ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services is not out to regulate the entire legal technology industry, its vice-chair Andrew Perlman told me today.

Perlman, the dean of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, was addressing concerns I raised in a post here yesterday about whether the commission is looking at regulating e-discovery companies and other companies that provide products and services to the legal industry. Continue reading