The first phase of the highly-anticipated Oracle/Electronic Discovery Institute joint research project has been completed, and confirms what many advocates have been preaching about technology-assisted review (aka predictive coding): that spending more money doesn’t correlate with greater quality; that senior attorneys know what they are doing; and that you can’t turn discovery over to robots—humans are still the most vital component of the project.

The study began in 2012, when the nonprofit EDI launched the project with Oracle Corp. Stanford University professors Peter Glynn and Gerd Infanger serving as chief scientists for the project; Pallab Chakraborty, e-discovery director in Oracle’s legal department, and EDI co-founder Patrick Oot, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s senior special counsel, are advisers.

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