Part of the Solution

Idealistic musings about eDiscovery

Craig Ball, Predictive Coding, and Wordsmithing

Boy, I wish I could write like Craig Ball does.

I have written many articles and blog posts on technology-assisted review, but all my thousands of words cannot communicate my beliefs on the subject as gracefully, powerfully, and concisely as Craig recently put it:

Indeed, there is some cause to believe that the best trained reviewers on the best managed review teams get very close to the performance of technology-assisted review. …

But so what?  Even if you are that good, you can only achieve the same result by reviewing all of the documents in the collection, instead of the 2%-5% of the collection needed to be reviewed using predictive coding.  Thus, even the most inept, ill-managed reviewers cost more than predictive coding; and the best trained and best managed reviewers cost much more than predictive coding.  If human review isn’t better (and it appears to generally be far worse) and predictive coding costs much less and takes less time, where’s the rational argument for human review?

So, um … yeah, what he said.

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