The Theory of Interpreting Scientific Transfer Evidence View Full Text


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DATE

1990

AUTHORS

Richard S. Frank , Stanley P. Sobol

ABSTRACT

The history of forensic science has been characterized by dramatic advances in techniques which enable information to be gleaned from ever smaller quantities of material. Most of the literature is devoted to technical advances, much less attention has been paid to the procedures for interpreting the information objectively and efficiently. This is a review of the most important advances which have been made in the theory of interpreting scientific evidence in the context of the forensic transfer problem. Increasingly the literature on interpretation employs what is known as Bayesian inference. The Bayesian approach to evaluating transfer evidence is explained and illustrated by simple examples. The problems of communicating a scientific assessment of evidence to a court are briefly discussed. Any attempts to move towards more objective methods demand background information in various forms and a number of attempts by forensic scientists to establish data collections and to study the nature of evidential transfer are reviewed. Interpretation is a difficult subject, which is the reason why progress has been slow, but the article attempts to explain some simple principles which should be helpful to any scientist in the field, whatever the discipline. More... »

PAGES

141-179

Book

TITLE

Forensic Science Progress

ISBN

978-3-642-75188-2
978-3-642-75186-8

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http://scigraph.springernature.com/pub.10.1007/978-3-642-75186-8_5

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