13 Feb From Law to Data: A Gentle Introduction to Data-based Analysis in Law
13/02/2019 - 20/02/2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
statistics course | level: beginner
registrations and venue via KU Leuven
This course gives an introduction to analysing law – legislation, constitutions, treaties, court decisions, etc. – as data. The objective is to introduce legal researchers to data-related concepts and equip them with basic tools to analyse law as data. The course is low on theory and heavy on hands-on work; participants should expect to do practical assignments during class, ideally using data relevant to their own projects.
The course covers:
• An introduction to basic data-related concepts and distinctions (continuous/discrete)
• How to “translate” (code) legal texts and information into quantifiable, machine-readable form (a spreadsheet) using Excel (or similar spreadsheet software)
• How to make good spreadsheets in order to facilitate data analysis
• How to import and manipulate data from spreadsheets in the programming language R
• Basic manipulation and analysis of textual data (strings) in R using regular expressions
• Descriptive (summary) statistics of data in R
• How to visualize data in R and export tables and figures into a text-processing software (Word)
• Finding help online and further possibilities in data analysis with R
Participants should think of what kind of legal data they want to analyse in advance of the first class. The course will guide them through the various practical stages of working with the data: entering the data correctly into a spreadsheet and organizing it in a proper way; importing the data into R and performing basic operations on it in this programming language; summarizing statistically and visualizing the data; exporting the final product (a table or a graph) into Word.
The course is primarily directed at legal researchers and lawyers but researchers in other social scientific disciplines (political science, sociology, etc.) interested in learning how to start working with data are welcome to register as well. The course will be taught using predominantly legal texts and examples, however.
Researchers in law and other fields in humanities and social sciences interested in data-based research of law or similar data. Lawyers wishing to learn how to manipulate law as data.
Van den Heuvelinstituut,
- PC Class 02.23 – E2: 13 - 15 - 20 February 2019
- PC Class 02.24 – F2: 18 February 2019
Dates & times:
13 February 2019, 14:00-17:00
15 February 2019, 14:00-17:00
18 February 2019, 14:00-17:00
20 February 2019, 14:00-17:00
PhDs and postdocs of a Flemish university: 0 €
Other academics: 120 €
Non-profit/Social sector: 200 €
Private sector: 400 €
Broman and Woo, ‘Data Organization in Spreadsheets’ (2018) 72 The American Statistician.
Wickham and Grolemund, R for Data Science (O’Reilly 2017) .
Michal Ovádek, Nicolas Lampach (Centre for Legal Theory and Empirical Jurisprudence, KU Leuven)