TAR first rose to prominence in the legal industry around 2011 under the name predictive coding. In that year, the first few discovery-oriented TAR solutions were in use. Predictive coding largely was abandoned in favor of the more generic term TAR – or, sometimes, computer-assisted review (CAR). TAR and CAR have also joined by TAR 2.0 and by CAL (continuous active learning), while LSI and PLSA are joined by SVM and other new acronyms – creating an alphabet soup.
TAR was already intimidating to practitioners back when it was just predictive coding. How do legal practitioners get a handle on Technology-Assisted Review key terms and concepts including workflows, mathematical approaches, indexes, maps and sampling. When leveraged successfully, a TAR process can evaluate and classify large volumes of ESI materials, use less time than human document review, reduce costs and generally achieve superior results.