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ILSP Lunch Talk :: Research Methods: Studying Court Narratives through Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing
November 27, 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Sharon Tai, SHARIAsource Deputy Editor and Ali Hashmi, former MIT Media Lab Fellow, use natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning techniques to build a taxonomy of entities for SHARIAsource’s collection of cases of Islamic law in U.S. Courts, including cases of family law and religious accommodation. From there, comparison of state courts with overall federal courts using computational text analysis methods allows for insights into whether there is consistency of themes and considerations between lower and upper court decisions. This can allow researchers to identify spots of bias, sentiment, and missing considerations that become future questions about the narrative created by U.S. Courts in dealing with Islamic law. Details.