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Proficiency Tests to Estimate Error Rates in the Forensic Sciences


Jonathan J. Koehler


Northwestern University - School of Law

September 19, 2010

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-17

Abstract:     
A proficiency test is an assessment of the performance of laboratory personnel using samples whose sources are known to the proficiency test administrator but unknown to the examinee. Proficiency tests can help identify reasonable first pass estimates for the rates at which various types of errors occur. It is crucial to obtain error rate estimates because the reliability and probative value of forensic science evidence is inextricably linked to the rates at which examiners make errors. Without such information, legal decision makers have no scientifically meaningful way of thinking about the risk of false identification and false non-identification associated with forensic reports.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: forensic reporting

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K40, K49

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Date posted: February 8, 2011  

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Koehler, Jonathan J., Proficiency Tests to Estimate Error Rates in the Forensic Sciences (September 19, 2010). Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 11-17. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1755665 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1755665

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Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
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Chicago, IL 60611
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