Today in Quantitative Methods for Lawyers, taught by Professor Dan Katz at MSU Law, we experimented with the Supreme Court Database and learned how to plot graphs using R, an open-source statistical computing software. The graph above depicts dissents filed since the 1950’s, color-coded by the filing justice. All of the credit for the good stuff in this graph goes to the Supreme Court Database, Professor Katz, and Mr. Michael Bommarito (who visited our class today). I tried to put a few personal touches on this graph, so any mistakes are my own.
For more on the software used to produce this graph and its uses in law, visit the Computational Legal Studies Blog.