November 2, 2017
Technology assisted review (TAR) involves using computer algorithms to determine which documents are relevant based on a review of test documents by attorneys. The attorneys review and code an initial subset of documents (commonly referred to as the “seed set”) to “train” the computer. The computer “learns” what is relevant from the attorney coding and applies it to the remaining documents. The attorneys then manually review sample responsive and non-responsive results to determine whether the computer review reached a predetermined confidence level. Attorneys are using predictive coding (1) to replace manual review typically performed by contract attorneys; (2) to cull down the volume of documents for manual review; and/or (3) to prioritize finding key documents in third party document productions.