Ryan Whalen

JD/PhD Candidate
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Top coauthors in legal academia.

The role that collaboration plays in creativity and the production of knowledge is an major focus of my recent research. As such, I’m generally interested in patterns of collaboration. Having mostly wrapped up the fall submission season and participated in selecting the last articles that I will help select for the Northwestern University Law Review, I found myself wondering about patterns […]

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Appellate brief length, sentiment, and subjectivity as predictors of case outcome

      I recently did a quick language analysis of appellate case briefs to determine whether there were linguistic traits of the briefs that could be used to predict the case outcome.  I collected about 100 briefs, from cases where Westlaw had both appellee and appellant briefs.  Briefs were then coded by procedural posture, […]

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The relationship between research output and teaching quality

This post was inspired by the discussion about the value of research in legal academia at Workplace Prof Blog.  In the comment section of the linked post you’ll see that on the one side of the issue we have individuals like Mitchell Rubenstein arguing that “teaching is only of secondary importance” to today’s legal professoriate. […]

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Nov 0
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Communities within the US cabinet

This is a preview of some work I’ve been doing recently.  Using some multiplex relational information, I’ve assembled a network of the US federal government.  After a bit of voodoo and some community detection algorithms, we see three communities within the federal cabinet. In the image below, node size is proportional to weighted degree, so […]

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Jun 0
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Installing Statnet while using Linux

I try to use Linux for much of my real work. I find it useful to have a clean install with nothing but a good Python environment and a well-equipped version of R. However, I’ve had trouble getting the full suite of Statnet packages to install. Despite various attempts to install the packages, I’ve always […]

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