What Statisticians Can Do for Forensic Science
D. Michael Risinger
Seton Hall University School of Law
March 5, 2012
Seton Hall Public Law Research Paper No. 2016577
This is the text (with a few added footnotes) of an address given to the Young Statistician’s Section of the Royal Statistical Society in London on September 28, 2011. In it I compare the work of Cedric Neumann and his colleagues on fingerprint identification with the work of Mary and Peter Bush and their colleagues on bitemark identification. These illustrate that good statistical modeling of sound data can lend support to the assumptions of some forensic identification disciplines, undermine the tenability of others, and can sometimes lead the way toward new techniques to supplement or replace human judgment with more objective assessments.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: evidence, statistics, criminal law, fingerprints, bitemarks
JEL Classification: C10, K14, K41
Date posted: March 5, 2012 ; Last revised: June 14, 2012
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