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Nathaniel Byington completed his M.S. in Computational Linguistics with an emphasis on information retrieval and machine learning. He has worked as a litigation attorney managing all aspects of ediscovery, including document retention, collection, review, and production. Nathaniel received both his J.D. and B.S. from the University of Utah. He has been an active member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1999.

Using TAR to Enhance Your Linear Review

Published Mon, January 14, 2013 by Nathaniel Byington

Technology assisted review (“TAR”) is a shiny new tool in our ediscovery toolkit, and one of its strengths is its flexibility. While we’ve used TAR to help our clients replace linear reviews, this flexibility means that TAR can also be used to supplement a review. Creative use of TAR can increase both the efficiency and defensibility of a linear review.

Three Tips for Reviewing Foreign Language Documents

Published Fri, August 31, 2012 by Nathaniel Byington

I think we can all agree that the most fundamental trend shaping the ediscovery industry is the exploding size of electronically stored information (ESI). Corporate data doubles every 18 months, and the cost of dealing with this data propels our entire industry. But there is another trend that will also have an increasing impact on ediscovery: globalization. An ever-expanding web of global commerce means that lawsuits and investigations are more and more likely to involve documents from different countries, written in different languages....

Speaking the Same Language

The Benefits of Cross-Functional Communication

Published Fri, July 06, 2012 by Nathaniel Byington

Have you ever been in a foreign city where you don’t speak the language? Even with a phrase book, clear enunciation, and a full range of pantomime, your communications are limited to the most basic concepts. You’ll be able to ask things like “Where is the nearest bus station?” or “Is this really edible?”, but until you learn the language or find someone who speaks your language, you’ll never be able to discuss more complex (and more interesting) concepts like culture, history, or politics. While it’s less obvious, this same language gap...

Precision Culling with TAR

Published Mon, May 21, 2012 by Nathaniel Byington

Typically we think of technology assisted review (TAR) as a tool for finding relevant documents. Sometimes, however, TAR shines best as a tool for identifying irrelevant documents. Compared to even the most well-refined search terms, TAR can draw a much more precise line between documents that are not relevant and documents that might be relevant. This approach offers a very effective culling mechanism.

Judge Peck’s Roadmap for Technology Assisted Review

Published Wed, February 29, 2012 by Nathaniel Byington

Judge Peck’s recent opinion in Da Silva Moore highlights technology assisted review’s growing importance in the ediscovery toolkit, and offers a helpful roadmap for applying this process in future cases.

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