Identification, Individualization and Uniqueness: What's the Difference?

Posted: 24 Nov 2009

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David H. Kaye

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

Date Written: June 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.

Keywords: Identification, individualization, uniqueness, forensic science, trace evidence, DNA, fingerprints

Suggested Citation

Kaye, David H., Identification, Individualization and Uniqueness: What's the Difference? (June 2009). Law, Probability & Risk, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 85-94, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1510540 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lpr/mgp018

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