Online Learning Update

May 24, 2017

Justice by algorithm: AI predicts the results of Supreme Court trials better than a human

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by Shivali Best, Daily Mail

The algorithm was developed by researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and South Texas College of Law.They used the US Supreme Court Database, which holds information on court cases dating back to 1791.Based on this data, the algorithm could correctly predict 70.2 per cent of the court’s 28,000 decisions, and 71.9 per cent of the justices’ 240,000 votes from 1816 to 2015. While 70 per cent accuracy may not sound that precise, it is higher than the 66 per cent accuracy with which human experts can predict Supreme Court outcomes.

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