Ryan Whalen

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Aug 0
Aug 0

IPSC 2018 Twittersphere

I grabbed following relations for the users who tweeted using the #IPSC2018 hasttag (after August 1st 2018). Map below (click through for interactive version). Takeaway: IP tweeters tend to follow one another a lot. It’s a fairly dense network as  far as these these go, with 128 nodes and 2,769 edges.  

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#iconshk twittersphere
Jun 0
Jun 0

#iconshk network

I’ve re-downloaded the #iconshk twitter follower data. Over the first two days of the conference, the number of users who have tweeted using the hashtag has more than doubled – from 106 to 261 users. There are now two connected components (I’ve removed about a half dozen isolates from the visualization, but will include them […]

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boxplots showing the increase in log downloads as number of e-journals increases
May 0
May 0

SSRN e-Journals and Downloads

I recently uploaded a couple of forthcoming  articles to SSRN (see: https://ssrn.com/author=1544651). Part of the upload process is selecting the relevant “e-journals” you think the article belongs in. As I was doing so, I wondered how much of a difference it really makes. Like, does submitting to more journals lead to more downloads? To satisfy […]

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Dec 1
Dec 1

Upcoming Computational Legal Studies Workshop at HKU

We’re excited to be hosting a workshop focusing on Computational Legal Studies here at HKU next June (http://www.lawtech.hk/cfp-computational-legal-studies-2018). Details from the CFP below. We’ve already put together an exciting bunch of researchers. Don’t hesitate to submit something if you’d like to attend. CFP: The Emergence of Computational Legal Studies: The Promises and Challenges of Data-Driven […]

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Nov 2
Nov 2

Legal Scholarship Network Research Production & Consumption

There are hundreds of thousands of papers “published” in LSN e-journals. These papers have the potential to provide a great deal of insight into the production and consumption of legal academic research. I’ve been interested in this data for a while, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I finally found some time to dig […]

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Feb 3
Feb 3

Law School Lateral Hiring

I was recently asked about lateral hiring at American law schools. I pointed the questioner to lists of lateral hires available both at Brian Leiter’s blog, and those made by Dan Filler at ConcurringOpinions, and TheFacultyLounge. These are very useful sources of information, but a bunch of annual lists can be hard to make sense of. […]

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Jun 0
Jun 0

The #CongreSSH2016 twitter-sphere

I’m currently at the airport, waiting to board my flight back from the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Calgary. Congress is a sort of super-conference where over 70 scholarly associations simultaneously hold their annual conventions. For those who aren’t Canadian academics, the concept might seem a bit foreign, but it works well in practice. […]

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Justice SMOG Distributions
Nov 1
Nov 1

Judicial Gobbledygook.

I published a short essay in the Yale Law Journal forum recently: http://www.yalelawjournal.org/pdf/Whalen_PDF_5spbaaeu.pdf. I thought I’d slightly supplement the content available there by posting the interactive charts here: Here’s an overall plot of mean SMOG since 1946:     A plot of the mean intra-judge z-score by years of tenure: Each judge’s yearly intra-judge SMOG […]

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