We argue that topic-modeling, an unsupervised machine-learning technique for analysis of large corpora, can be a powerful tool for legal-historical research. We provide a non-technical introduction to topic-modeling driven by the presentation of an example of how researchers can use the data that topic-modeling produces. The context of the example is pre-industrial English caselaw on finance.
Using Topic-Modeling in Legal History, with an Application to Pre-Industrial English Case Law on FinancePeter Grajzl and Peter Murrell ,
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Law and History Review
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