Mkhuseli Mthukwane's Blog (10)

R, without all that pesky code!

Those of us who were data science practitioners before the ubiquity of buzz words like “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, remember a time when data science was being described as “utter hubris” by some of the worlds leading quants. All these buzz words, coupled with misplaced applications of data science have turned it into a fairly nebulous concept. Which is a problem.

In facilitating my data science workshops I've realized there are two main groups of audiences and learners.…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on July 17, 2019 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Judgements: A Potential Threat To Models Everywhere

Data Science and Law are in a lot of ways vastly different; however they do have a few things in common: both professions rely heavily on historical data and patterns . Certain supervening phenomena can cause a break in these patterns; these distinct deviations from a learned practice (either by a machine learning algorithm or through pure human experience) can be problematic.

Those of us in Legal Modelling know that when building and maintaining models we are constantly looking…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on August 28, 2017 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Using Genetic Algorithms to Optimize Legal Costs

Using the Genalg Package in R to optimize Legal Fees. This is a Lesson from our Data Science for Lawyers Workshops (Moderately Advanced).

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Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on May 5, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Correlation Coefficient in Legal Data


This is a lesson  from one of our Data Science for Lawyers Workshops (Moderately Advanced). It is part of our Quantative Analysis in…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on February 1, 2016 at 11:04am — No Comments

Data Transmutation vs. Data Analytics: Round 1


I became a Data Science practitioner in probably the most peculiar, counter-intuitive way of becoming one. Before being confronted by the embroidered Python or R dilemma, before being exposed to Data Analytics Platforms, Math and Statistical theory; I concerned myself primarily with what I can best…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on September 29, 2015 at 11:13am — No Comments

Math: My Data Science Stimulus Package and its Guerrilla Analytics


Sometimes I don’t trust Data Science, probably because my duty of care is more pronounced on account of working mostly in Legal Analytics. You see as an Analytics Practitioner in the Legal field my Data Science methodology cannot afford to yield wild guesses, these are people’s lives I’m dealing…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on August 27, 2015 at 7:35am — No Comments

Data Science: Uber for Law.



In my final year of Law School I did a Practical Legal studies course, it is compulsory at the University  that I attended and students are…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on August 11, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Magnum Opus Dolus Eventualis

Someone on twitter once remarked that law cannot be reduced to algorithm; he was commenting on my article “Alchemy and Algorithmic Lawyers”, he said that it was “impossible”. As a means of substantiating his claim he added that he had more than twenty years experience as a scientist and programmer. Personally I prefer to not make very grand, generalized claims of impossibility. Simply because impossibility is a fallacy that people create as an opium to…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on June 29, 2015 at 8:39am — No Comments

Data Science: The numbers game Law almost lost.

On the face of it, Analytics and Law are manifestly divergent fields of practice. One need only consider the nature of Algorithms that require numerical attributes for their calculations and the textual rigidity of substantive law to realize this. The very first obstacle one will encounter in applying Analytics to Law is the absence of calculable numerical variables in raw legal data. No judicial precedent, statute or common law principle has ever been reduced to a mathematically sound…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on June 5, 2015 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Alchemy and Algorithmic lawyers

Alchemy is a fascinating pseudo-science, long discredited as a real science; its fundamental principles still form the basis of many contemporary scientific theories. Alchemy is based on the premise that nothing in the universe is devoid of existential elements, and that these elements can be manipulated and even transmuted into other forms. The fabled Philosopher’s Stone is said to fulfil one of the main objectives of Alchemy, a legendary Alchemical substance said to be capable of turning…


Added by Mkhuseli Mthukwane on May 29, 2015 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

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