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AI ‘judge’ predicts trial outcomes with 79% accuracy

Posted: 24 October 2016 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

AI 'judge' predicts trial outcomes with 79% accuracy

A breakthrough study by British scientists has used an AI system to correctly predict the outcome of trials.

The study, which was published in the journal PeerJ Computer Science on Monday, used an algorithm to analyse 584 case datasets relating to torture and degrading treatment, fair trials and privacy. In 79% of those assessed, the software reached the same verdicts as judges at the European court of Human Rights.

The AI “judge”, devised by computer scientists at University College London, is able to weigh up legal evidence and moral questions of right and wrong.

“We don’t see AI replacing judges or lawyers, but we think they’d find it useful for rapidly identifying patterns in cases that lead to certain outcomes.” Dr Nikolaos Aletras, the lead researcher from UCL’s department of computer science, said.

“It could also be a valuable tool for highlighting which cases are most likely to be violations of the European Convention on human rights.” An equal number of “violation” and “non-violation” cases were used in the study.

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