Summary: Connecting Hypothesis-testing to Legal
Kevin D. Ashley
Professor of Law and Intelligent Systems
University of Pittsburgh
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Ways to connect hypothesis-testing to legal texts.
Three kinds of hypotheses lawyers test:
Predictive, normative, and semantic
Some characteristics of legal hypothesis-testing
Connecting predictive hypotheses to textual legal
IBP's issue- and factor-based prediction model
SMILE's classifying case texts by factors
Developing approaches to connect normative or
semantic hypothesis-testing to texts.
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Some hypotheses lawyers test