Automated Classification of Modes of Moral Reasoning in Judicial Decisions

Ash, Elliott, Chen, Daniel L., Mainali, Nischal and Meier, Liam (2018) Automated Classification of Modes of Moral Reasoning in Judicial Decisions. TSE Working Paper, n. 18-979, Toulouse

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Abstract

What modes of moral reasoning do judges employ? We construct a linear SVM classifier for moral reasoning mode trained on applied ethics articles written by consequentialists and deontologists. The model can classify a paragraph of text in held out data with over 90 percent accuracy. We then apply this classifier to a corpus of circuit court opinions. We show that the use of consequentialist reasoning has increased over time. We report rankings of relative use of reasoning modes by legal topic, by judge, and by judge law school.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: December 2018
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2018 10:49
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 12:42
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:33157
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/28408

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