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March 2011 Detecting multiple authorship of United States Supreme Court legal decisions using function words
Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, Albert H. Yoon
Ann. Appl. Stat. 5(1): 283-308 (March 2011). DOI: 10.1214/10-AOAS378

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This paper uses statistical analysis of function words used in legal judgments written by United States Supreme Court justices, to determine which justices have the most variable writing style (which may indicated greater reliance on their law clerks when writing opinions), and also the extent to which different justices’ writing styles are distinguishable from each other.

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Jeffrey S. Rosenthal. Albert H. Yoon. "Detecting multiple authorship of United States Supreme Court legal decisions using function words." Ann. Appl. Stat. 5 (1) 283 - 308, March 2011. https://doi.org/10.1214/10-AOAS378

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Published: March 2011
First available in Project Euclid: 21 March 2011

zbMATH: 1220.62170
MathSciNet: MR2810398
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/10-AOAS378

Keywords: chi-squared distribution , function words , law clerks , stylometry , United States Supreme Court , variability statistics

Rights: Copyright © 2011 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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