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When you are reviewing large batches of documents, you can use mines to facilitate the review process.
Mines are useful in the following situations:
●When you do not know where to start
●To remove irrelevant documents from an initial review
●To quickly review document data and determine key terms and concepts
A mine is a visual representation of important concepts in documents. In a mine, similar documents are clustered together based on the similarity of the concepts in the documents. For example, an email about a particular subject appears in the same cluster as other email messages that contain similar subject matter.
With mines, you can explore groups of related documents and examine the relationships between the documents that are not obvious with a standard search or during an initial review. For example, you may realize that the same author created many documents in a case, but you may not know that only a few documents by this author are of interest to the case.
To understand the relationships among the documents in a case, you analyze the key concepts in a mine. Concepts are nouns or noun phrases that describe a document, such as names, places, organizations, themes, and so on. Documents with similar concepts are clustered together in a mine. You can analyze concepts in the mine as a whole, or in clusters of related concepts.
Reviewing large numbers of documents using concepts instead of keyword searches can be more efficient because you can review documents without knowing which terms to search for.
Case administrators create and manage mines. For information about how to create and manage mines, see Mines administration.
Mines are similar to the Map feature, but the features have the following differences.
●Mines provide a macro view of a set of documents that are stored in a binder. The Mine Map can contain any number of documents.
●The Map provides a micro view of a set of documents that is most often created through a search. You can code documents on the Map. The Map can display up to 10,000 documents at a time.
For information about the Map feature, see Review documents in the Map pane.