The latest iteration of Relativity’s analytic tools is called Active Learning. Roland von Borstel has written about it on the Ricoh / Commonwealth Legal blog Technology in Practice under the title Five reasons Active Learning is better than TAR.
The post is a description of Commonwealth Legal’s pilot use of Relativity’s Active Learning in Canada, and briefly summarises why Commonwealth Legal concludes that Active Learning is a considerable step up from Relativity’s earlier TAR 1.0 offering.
Commonwealth Legal is unequivocal in its conclusion that Active Learning’s new analytic review tools are better than the original ones. It is quick and easy to set up for review and to monitor; it gets to its results faster, and they are more accurate; it is easier to set a “threshold value” and to see where the incidence of relevant documents tails off; crucially, the number of documents sent through for review is significantly reduced.
The key point is this: never mind the names given to the technology or whether you know your Active Learning from your TAR 1.0 – get to see what the different iterations of software development can do, and form a view as to what is right for you and for your cases. From what Commonwealth Legal says, the differences will be clear enough when you look at Active Learning.
Commonwealth Legal clearly had a head start in getting their hands on Relativity Active Learning and I look forward to hearing more from them as their experience extends into wider client use.