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[Quiz] What Analytics Feature Are You?

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Community

What Analytics Feature Are You?If you’re anything like the most successful e-discovery teams, you know analytics can give you a leg, or at least a few terabytes, up in the e-discovery industry.

But what can it do for your personal life?

With every tool in the analytics toolbox having different, robust capabilities—much like how every human person has different talents and skills—it’s not surprising that so many of us regularly ask ourselves, “If I were an analytics feature, which one would I be?”

Today’s your lucky day. We’ve analyzed the personality behind some of the key features in Relativity Analytics to help you learn a bit more about yourself and finally answer that age-old question: What analytics feature am I?

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Now in Relativity Analytics: 3 Customer-Driven Enhancements

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

Now in Relativity Analytics: 3 Customer-Driven EnhancementsIt’s undeniable that analytics tools, especially email threading, should be used on every e-discovery project. They make reviewing and QC’ing documents faster, easier, and more consistent, and we’ve seen time and again that the most successful e-discovery teams use analytics.

That’s why we invest so much into Relativity Analytics, and why we’re constantly looking to our customers for ideas to make it better. Even the smallest changes can have a huge impact, and who better to hold us accountable for sweating the small stuff than the people who rely on Relativity every day?

Here’s a roundup of some improvements we made in the past month—all of which started as feedback from the Relativity community.

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A Review Manager's Guide to Convincing an e-Discovery Skeptic

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Litigation Support

Review Manager's Guide to Convincing an e-Discovery SkepticOne of the many takeaways from last November’s US presidential election is that the mechanics of e-discovery aren’t particularly well-known.

Case in point: a tweet from former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, posted days before the American public voted amid what one might call a second-pass review of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

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Email Threading 101: An Introduction to an Essential e-Discovery Tool

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_email-threading-101Originally published more than a year ago, this post is a helpful look at one of the easiest wins in all of e-discovery analytics. We've updated it to reflect the current capabilities of Relativity, and are republishing it to give you another look.

According to the Radicati Group, the average businessperson sends 36 emails per day. It may not sound like much, but if you do the math, it means a single employee creates nearly 10,000 emails per year (more if they work weekends).

With these numbers, it’s no wonder email is the dominant data form in e-discovery. Even in cases involving only a few custodians, you’re looking at a data set filled with thousands of emails, one for every time your custodian hits send.

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Throwback: Why A Law Firm Partner Became A Chief Data Scientist

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Community, Law Firm

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Originally published in 2015, this discussion of Bennett Borden's role at Drinker Biddle & Reath has consistently been among the most-viewed blog posts on The Relativity Blog each year since. Here's another look because Bennett's insights are just as relevant now as they were nearly two years ago.

In May 2015, Bennett Borden was named Drinker Biddle & Reath’s first-ever chief data scientist. He’ll lead the firm’s data analytics practice, taking a new approach to legal services in the face of growing data volumes.

The firm has garnered a lot of attention with the move from within the industry and even mainstream media. We recently sat down with Bennett to get his perspective on the evolution of new leadership roles in e-discovery. He also shared some in-depth insight into why the traditionalist lawyer is quickly going extinct.

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Survey Says: Analytics Making In-house a Home

2017-07-27+0000| | Information Governance, Analytics & Assisted Review, In-house Counsel

blog_analytics-is-making-in-house-a-home-.pngIn January, members of the World Economic Forum met at their annual Davos summit to discuss analytics, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI), topics with enough potential to have global business leaders expressing both optimism and fear:

"It's not like we actually have economic growth today. So we actually need technological breakthrough, we need AI ... Our responsibility is to have the AI augment the human ingenuity and augment the human opportunity." - Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO 

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How to Evangelize Analytics on Your e-Discovery Team

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_how-to-evangelize-analytics.pngImagine you’re in a crowded stadium, sharing an enclosed box with a small group of people. The box has big windows, showing you the game down on the field—as well as thousands of cheering fans rooting for the winning home team.

Now imagine everyone in the box with you is either cheering for the opposing team or completely indifferent to the game’s outcome. This is what it’s like to be your team’s sole evangelist for analytics technology in today’s e-discovery landscape.

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TAR Around the World: Next Stop, Australia

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Legal Update, International, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_UK-approves-TAR-sansgavel-1.pngThere is little doubt that technology-assisted review (TAR) has made itself known throughout the world. With case law in the United States and Europe marking its defensibility, and headlines plastering industry media sources on a still-regular basis, there’s simply no way to avoid it. TAR is here to stay.

What’s more encouraging than continued success in these established regions, though, is the technology’s emerging success in other parts of the world. In the last few months, Australia has added its name to the roster of TAR-friendly nations. This week, a formal Practice Note issued by an Australian federal court further validates the technology’s use by case teams who are seeking smarter ways to tackle massive data sets.

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A New Way to Look at Emails: Solving the 4 Most Common Email Review Challenges

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Litigation Support, Relativity Spotlight

blog_9.5-release.pngEarlier this year, our friend Angela Green of Leidos said something we can totally get behind: “If nothing else, run email threading.”

Angela, a proud evangelist for analytics, went on to explain how email threading drastically cuts down the amount of time you spend reviewing documents—and she’s right. When review teams use email threading, the results are pretty amazing, from Sheehan Phinney getting a $1.2 million win for their client to Troutman Sanders reducing the number of emails in their data set by 34 percent.

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A Changing World: Ralph Losey on “Stepping In” for e-Discovery

2017-07-27+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_losey-stepping-in-interview.pngThere is no shortage of industries in which artificial intelligence is having an impact—and that’s not likely to change any time soon. What is changing, however, is the nature of AI itself, and the way it influences the day-to-day life and work of your average consumer.

The legal industry is no exception. As we mentioned in a recent look at Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines, written by Thomas H. Davenport (who has taught at Harvard Business School) and Julia Kirby (an editor at Harvard University Press), it’s impossible not to see how e-discovery has changed over the last decade as AI and other forms of data analytics hit the legal scene.

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