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A Semantic Retrieval System for Case Law

A Semantic Retrieval System for Case Law Esingbemi Princewill Ebietomere and Godspower Osaretin Ekuobase Volume 24: Issue 1

“Legal reasoning, the core of legal practice in many countries, is “stare decisis” and its soundness is usually strengthened by relevant case law consulted. However, the task of relevant case law access and retrieval is tiring to legal practitioners and constitutes a serious drain on their productivity. Existing efforts at addressing this problem are conceptional, restrictive or unreliable. Specifically, existing semantic retrieval (SR) systems for case law are desirous of exceptional retrieval precision. Ontology promises to meet this desire, if introduced to the SR system. As a consequence, an ontology-based SR system for case law has been built using the systems analysis and design methodology. In particular, the component-based software engineering and the agile methodologies are employed to implement the system. Finally, the search and retrieval performance of the resultant SR system has been evaluated using the heuristics evaluation method. The retrieval system has shown to have a search and retrieval performance of about 94 % precision, 80 % recall and 84 % F-measure. Overall, the paper implements the SR system for case law with excellent precision and affirms the superiority of ontology approach over other semantic approaches to SR systems for document retrieval in the legal domain.”

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 7, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 7, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Opting out of facial recognition at the airport is extremely difficult

Wired – “…The facial recognition plan in US airports is built around the Customs and Border Protection Biometric Exit Program, which utilizes face-scanning technology to verify a traveler’s identity. CBP partners with airlines—including Delta, JetBlue, American Airlines, and others—to photograph each traveler while boarding. That image gets compared to one stored in a cloud-based photo-matching… Continue Reading

FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches

Washington Post – A cache of records shared with The Washington Post reveals that agents are scanning hundreds of millions of Americans’ faces without their knowledge or consent – “Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have turned state driver’s license databases into a facial-recognition gold mine, scanning through hundreds… Continue Reading

These Are All the Businesses You Never Knew Were Owned by Amazon

BuzzFeedNews – This is everything (we know of) owned by “The Everything Store.” – “Everything about Amazon in 2019 is inconceivably big: Amazon will make up an estimated 38% of the US e-commerce market this year, according to the online commerce research firm eMarketer, and already dominates 67% of the online books, music, and video market;… Continue Reading

Facebook Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

Digital Information World:  “Before you go through this entire piece, imagine a figure in your mind (and note it down on a piece of paper) as how much data – according to you – gets generated in a minute. According to Domo (cloud-based operating system), the internet users have risen from 2.2 billion in 2012 to whopping… Continue Reading

USPTO denies Cardi B’s application to trademark a popular term

USPTO, May 7, 2019 – The assigned trademark examining attorney has reviewed the referenced application and has determined the following: “…Registration is refused because the applied-for mark is a slogan or term that does not function as a trademark or service mark to indicate the source of applicant’s goods and/or services and to identify and… Continue Reading

Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think

The Atlantic – Arthur C. Brooks – president of AEI: “…In The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50, Jonathan Rauch, a Brookings Institution scholar and an Atlantic contributing editor, reviews the strong evidence suggesting that the happiness of most adults declines through their 30s and 40s, then bottoms out in their early 50s.… Continue Reading