There’s no doubt that predictive coding is the next big thing in e-Discovery. While predictive coding aims to code, organize, and prioritize entire sets of electronically stored information (ESI) according to their relation to discovery responsiveness, privilege and designated issues before and during the legal discovery process, many e-Discovery vendors have been working hard to offer products and service that offer predictive analytical solutions.

Predicting eDiscovery 

Case in point: two e-Discovery vendors have launched predictive coding platforms today.

eDiscovery Goes Zoom!

Equivio has launched a platform called Equivio Zoom, an integrated platform for predictive coding and analytics that is designed to make it easier for law firms, corporate legal teams and service providers to integrate analytics across their existing e-Discovery workflows.

By combining a host of Equivio’s well-known components, like near-duplicates, email threads and relevance with data import and export, early case assessment and enriched analytics, Equivio Zoom integrates it across a unified platform approach, which eliminates the need for moving data between applications, shortening processing cycles and reducing the chance of errors.

Acceleration Through Transparency

Symantec also announced the latest version of its Clearwell e-Discovery Platform, which introduces Transparent Predictive Coding to help organizations defensibly reduce the time and cost of document review. With Transparent Predictive Coding, Symantec works to accelerate the review process by leveraging the intelligence of expert reviewers to train the software on tagging criteria, generate predictions and analyze accuracy.

The net result for both platforms is a more defensible automated document review process at significantly reduced cost. 


To better visualize predictive coding, we found this image from Hudson Legal, a provider of discovery and staffing solutions. 

Review Gets a Boost From Predictive Coding

As predictive coding becomes more mainstream, using analytics in the e-Discovery process has become easier to implement and execute. Equvio Zoom and Transparent Predictive Coding boast greater accessibility and user-friendliness because of a few key functionalities:

Equivio Zoom

  • Import -- extracts text and metadata from raw ingest, and generates data profiles for ECA
  • Analysis -- subjects the data to multi-layered analysis, including de-duping, near-duping, email threading and language detection, while Zoom’s search environment enables keyword analysis and metadata faceting
  • Relevance -- organizes documents by relevance, which can be "trained" by attorneys to assess documents for responsiveness and privilege
  • Export -- uses relevance scores, keywords and metadata to select relevant documents for export; review batches are then created and designed to keep like documents together in downstream review; Zoom exports native files, full text and metadata to the relevant review platform

As users become more familiar with Zoom, their review process is likely to become more efficient and more defensible. But manual processes are only so accurate, which is why Zoom continues to monitors Relevance training to identify situations where the expert has applied inconsistent training tags to near-duplicate documents.

Clearwell Transparent Predictive Coding

  • Smart Sampling -- offers advanced analytics by criteria such as custodian, discussion, concept and participant to ensure the selection of highly relevant training samples
  • Smart Tagging -- allows reviewers to highlight the metadata and content relevant to a tagging decision for more granular training, improving the accuracy of predictions and reducing the number of training cycles
  • Prediction Insight -- provides a prediction probability score for the document under review and highlights content and metadata relevant to the prediction
  • Prediction Templates -- users can import and export prediction models to leverage predictive intelligence across cases
  • Review Quality Control -- provides a comprehensive quality assurance workflow for linear and non-linear review, allowing users to perform statistically valid sampling, identify inconsistent tagging, view disagreements between reviewers and compare predictions and human decisions to assess and improve review accuracy

With Transparent Predictive Coding, Symantec’s Clearwell e-Discovery Platform provides rare visibility into this training and prediction process by delivering context for more informed decision-making. Reviewers can see how predictions are generated to make consistent review decisions and improve the accuracy of document tagging.

Prepare to see more of predictive coding in 2012. Both in-house and outside counsel alike will benefit from the advanced insight, reduced costs and increased defensibility that it has to offer.

You can learn more about Equivio Zoom and Clearwell Transparent Predictive Coding during Legal Tech NY 2012 at booth #1311 and 2600-2609, respectively, from January 30 to February 1.