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The Legislative Analysis Tool (LAT) allows a user to analyze legislation and other documents produced by policy makers allowing quantitative consistent comparisons of different struggles and arguments.
There is an old saying, "actions speak louder than words". And so it goes with written and spoken words of all types. Across time and cultures people on earth have attempted to act reasonably with one another and at some point written the words to represent these actions. These are great words, Legislation and Constitutions, usually born from great struggles. We use them in important works such as framing our roles in nations to providing us guidelines in simple activities such as student organizations and technical societies.
As one reads these words many questions arise. Such as, are these words created in reaction to great injustices or are these words created in hopes of preserving a way of life? Do these words address the whole or special interests at the expense of the majority?
Who is LAT for and what does it do for us?
LAT is for every legislator and government representative on earth. As we ponder our actions and seal our role in history. As we create legislation and serve the forces we decide to serve.
LAT is for every teacher and student in every country on earth. If you are able to use an Internet search engine you are able to use LAT. So children can use it in their history and social studies classes that we provide.
LAT is for every professor and advanced student in every country on earth. It allows the serious academic to ruthlessly slice through text and provide quantitative results of our studies. It helps to remove the bias of our cultural and educational past.
LAT is for every human on earth. To help us understand our history and the history of our fellow humans on earth. To help remind us of the struggles and great dreams or nightmares of our ancestors as we engage in our lives.
LAT is for every new organization, technical society, student club forming under the rules of a constitution or collection of by-laws. Though not as critical as nation state legislation or constitutions, they are just as important in their educational value and remind us of our civic responsibilities.
LAT allows a user to analyze legislation or constitutions and make quantitative consistent comparisons of different struggles across our planet, both today and throughout our history. Its powerful mining techniques are based on predefined and user rules that can be saved as templates to support any future analysis.
LAT is a method and tool that allows you to create your own legislation analysis rules. Embedded within LAT are certain fundamental principals such as services and layering of services from simple to complex. This principal allows the tool to immediately provide results to you as you change the rules to fit your studies and needs even if it is just creating a by-laws for a new student club or a new technical society.
LAT comes preloaded with sample legislation and constitutions. You can use the Internet to find other legislation or constitutions and bring them into LAT for your studies. You can save your results and distribute them to others for review and comparison.
You upload your legislation and press submit.
Your results are listed with color, status, and descriptive text of the finding.
Too much information, no problem, enable and disable the reports as you need to accomplish your analysis and study.
Need to modify or create a rule, just check show rules and author what you need.
Rules are grouped into services so that you can perform very different analysis within a single template.
Rules are independent of your uploaded file format. Your file can be an HTML, spreadsheet, or a text version of your document.
The preloaded legislation rules include: Text Clarity, Legislative Elements, Committees, Roles, Special Interests, Representatives, Reading Level, Word Themes, etc.
The preloaded constitution rules include: Text Clarity, Government Type, Inalienable Rights, Separation of Powers, Roles, Representatives, Current Challenges, etc.
In the end metrics are gathered so that you can make quantitative comparisons.
The beauty of LAT is its ability for you to define your own rules. It comes preloaded with a set of rules that allow you to immediately start your studies while at the same time providing you with real world examples to help you synthesize your special rules for your world.
LAT is based on SAT technologies, an engineering tool.
It is a process and method instantiated with Internet technologies to analyze documents. It is not unlike an Internet search engine, however instead of returning web pages, LAT returns lines of text from a document under analysis. It begins with uploading a document or pointing to a directory of data, subjecting the data to an engine, and directing the engine to process the data based on user defined rules similar to Internet search engines. The user fills in search criteria, checks some boxes, and provides unique text descriptions related to a rule.
Our products share a common characteristic; the potential need for someone to process documents based on rules. The LAT rules deal with legislative statements. Most of our initial products are based on the need to process and understand precisely written statements, but not all the products, including LAT, must slice and dice precise text. For example, it is trivial to add a rule to find all acronyms in a document. It is also possible to create rules to verify compliance to and outline. It is also simple to use LAT as a collection of highlighter pens (yellow, pink, orange, etc) on your document. However, the LAT core is for people to analyze and understand legislation.
- Help with Use Cases
- HTML Reporting
- Accepts txt, csv, html, and doc formats
- Accepts DOORS Exports using Excel .csv
- Attempts Automatic .doc Parse
- PUI Preservation or Generation, if None Present
- User Authored Templates, Services, & Rules
- Template Naming, Description, and Summary
- Rule Naming, Description, and Attributes
- Reading Level Report
- Document Shape Report
- Find Approximate Duplicates Using Masking
- Document Structure Analysis
- Significant Report Display Filtering
- User Accept or Reject Of Each Object
- Full or Partial Rule Reports on Each Object
- Object Hyper Links to Document for Context
- Object Hyper Links To Rule with Short Report
- User Defined Noise Word Filtering
- Profile of all Document Words and Counts
- Profile of all Missed Words in Rules
- Key Word Analysis Context Search