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Top coauthors in legal academia.

The role that collaboration plays in creativity and the production of knowledge is an major focus of my recent research. As such, I’m generally interested in patterns of collaboration. Having mostly wrapped up the fall submission season and participated in selecting the last articles that I will help select for the Northwestern University Law Review, I found myself wondering about patterns

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Appellate brief length, sentiment, and subjectivity as predictors of case outcome

Published by in Academic, Featured on March 19th, 2013

      I recently did a quick language analysis of appellate case briefs to determine whether there were linguistic traits of the briefs that could be used to predict the case outcome.  I collected about 100 briefs, from cases where Westlaw had both appellee and appellant briefs.  Briefs were then coded by procedural posture,

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The relationship between research output and teaching quality

This post was inspired by the discussion about the value of research in legal academia at Workplace Prof Blog.  In the comment section of the linked post you’ll see that on the one side of the issue we have individuals like Mitchell Rubenstein arguing that “teaching is only of secondary importance” to today’s legal professoriate.

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Communities within the US cabinet

This is a preview of some work I’ve been doing recently.  Using some multiplex relational information, I’ve assembled a network of the US federal government.  After a bit of voodoo and some community detection algorithms, we see three communities within the federal cabinet. In the image below, node size is proportional to weighted degree, so

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Installing Statnet while using Linux

Published by in Academic on June 15th, 2011

I try to use Linux for much of my real work. I find it useful to have a clean install with nothing but a good Python environment and a well-equipped version of R. However, I’ve had trouble getting the full suite of Statnet packages to install. Despite various attempts to install the packages, I’ve always

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#Congress11 Twitter Graph

Published by in Academic, Featured on June 2nd, 2011

At the request of @caitlinkealey I’ve given the #congress11 hashtag the same treatment as #CCA2011 and made a quick-and-dirty network graph of those using the tag. Its a big difficult to read mess, but it looks like there are two components that hold together quite well. While the divisions aren’t 100% clear, the graph seems

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#CCA2011 Twitter Graph

Published by in Academic, Featured on June 2nd, 2011

As a newcomer to conference tweeting, I was interested in getting a better look at what was going on than I could get from the twitter search features. So I graphed the network of all those using the #CCA2011 hashtag. Nodes are obviously twitter users – with size relative to total degree (in+out) – and

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CBC’s commenting closed.

It looks like CBC.ca has closed commenting on stories posted today. I’m not sure if there are changes in policy coming, if the moderators are on holiday, or if the commenting system is just down for maintenance. May there is a re-design in the works. They could certainly use it. If they’re insist on having

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“Cyberspace”

I’ve been looking into the origins of spatial metaphors in computer use recently. Cyberspace is one of the most well-known relevant terms. Originally coined by William Gibson in his 1984 novel Neuromancer it was eventually picked up to refer to the “space” inhabited by computer users. I ran a Lexis Nexis search on the term’s

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Google’s new transparency report

Google has released a new service providing insight into government requests for information about users and/or removal of information. The tool provides statistics on the number of data request and removal requests made, and the % of Google’s compliance with the requests. Interestingly if you click on China you’re told “Chinese officials consider censorship demands

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