Identification, Individualization, Uniqueness

Law, Probability & Risk, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 85-94, 2009

19 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2009 Last revised: 15 Feb 2010

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David H. Kaye

PSU - Penn State Law (University Park); ASU - College of Law & School of Life Sciences

Date Written: June 26, 2009

Abstract

Criminalists and many forensic scientists concerned with the identification of trace evidence have distinguished between identification and individualization, but they have not distinguished as precisely between individualization and uniqueness. This paper clarifies these terms and discusses the relationships among identification, individualization, and uniqueness in forensic-science evidence.

For the published version of this article, see http://ssrn.com/abstract=1510540

Keywords: forensic science. evidence, fingerprints, toolmarks, individualization, probability

JEL Classification: C19

Suggested Citation

Kaye, David H., Identification, Individualization, Uniqueness (June 26, 2009). Law, Probability & Risk, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 85-94, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1425864

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