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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, March 19, 2012

Risinger on Statisticians and Forensic Science

Risinger_michael_lg2D. Michael Risinger (Seton Hall University School of Law) has posted What Statisticians Can Do for Forensic Science on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

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 Neaumann 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.

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