History of Data Analysis in US Courts

  • Dwight StewardEmail author
  • Roberto Cavazos
Part of the Palgrave Advances in the Economics of Innovation and Technology book series (PAEIT)


Although Big Data may be a new concept, courts have a long history of dealing with statistical and numerical evidence. The types of data and the associated analyses have evolved over time as have the legal decisions and precedents surrounding these types of analyses. These earlier, and necessarily simpler, statistical and data analyses lay the foundations of current, and near future, Big Data litigation. Though the foundations are established, the use of Big Data in litigation requires some changes in analytic approaches.


Frye Daubert decision Expert witness admissibility FRE 702 Statistical evidence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EmployStats AustinUSA
  2. 2.Merrick School of BusinessUniversity of BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

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