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When a litigation team is preparing for a trial, a litigation support professional will often be asked to select the hardware needed for a remote 'war room' set up in a hotel or leased office space. The printers you acquire for a trial may not only be put to heavy use for your trial, but they may also have been used to print out large amounts of pages for other firms which leased them previously. When you're trying to determine whether or not a printer will handle the amount of printing necessary to prepare dozens of witness binders each day for the duration of a trial, look further than just the listed page per minute rate and the paper tray capacity. In the posted specs for a printer, HP or another manufacturer should list the recommended page volume per month and the monthly duty cycle.

The monthly duty cycle is the absolute maximum number of pages that a printer can print out in a one month period.

The recommended monthly page volume is the highest number of pages the manufacturer recommends that you print within a month.

The difference between the duty cycle and the recommended page volume is similar to the difference between the highest possible speed a car can reach and the speed at which it can be regularly driven without causing mechanical problems. A passenger car might be able to reach a speed of 130 mph, but if the same car is driven frequently at 90 mph it soon becomes unreliable.

The recommended monthly page volume will be usually less than 10 per cent of the duty cycle.

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In an Active Learning project if a reviewer, while in the course of reviewing a family of documents for a prioritized review, is taken off a project, the unreviewed documents from the family may become 'abandoned', and will not be fully coded.

When managing an Active Learning project, you should search for any such abandoned family documents for an Active Learning project by running the following searches.

First create a search to find documents that have been reviewed for an Active Learning project and return the results with their family. Look for a field with the name of the Active Learning project and 'Reviewed On'. In this example the Active Learning project was named, 'Movie Westerns'. This field contains the date and time at which a document was reviewed.

Second, create another search which includes the results of the first; does not include family documents; and excludes entries for the same field, <Project Name> Reviewed On - use the 'not set' option.

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Note that in the current version of Relativity, when you are setting up an Active Learning field, you are no longer limited to selecting a Review Field (the field for responsive and non-responsive coding) that only has two possible choices. An update made in 2022 now permits you to allow a user to select from more than two choices as options for this field. The field type must be set to 'single choice', not 'multiple choice' . . .

. . . but you can add more than two choices to be the option for the single selected choice in the field:

On the Relativity Analytics Study Resources page, the training video on Administering an Active Learning Project , which is listed in the current version of the Relativity Analytics Specialist Study Resources guide as a resource still references the prior version and will instruct you that the Review field for Active Learning can only have two choices.

. . . and the Assisted Review Active Learning Guide for Server 2022, dated April 26, 2023 states that:

. . . BUT the Relativity Help page on Creating an Active Learning project states that:

Active Learning requires a single choice field with at least two choices for reviewers to code on. One choice must represent the positive/responsive designation, and another must represent the negative/not responsive designation. Any additional choices will be considered neutral, and they will not be used to train the Active Learning model.


I raised this discrepancy with Relativity support this week and they confirmed that the training materials are outdated and that you can indeed have a 'neutral' choice linked to the Review Field selected for an Active Learning project.

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