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NCJ Number: NCJ 241214     Find in a Library
Title: Addressing the National Academy of Sciences’ Challenge: A Method for Statistical Pattern Comparison of Striated Tool Marks
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Author(s): Nicholas D. K. Petraco, Ph.D. ; Peter Shenkin, Ph.D. ; Jacquelin Speir, M.S. ; Peter Diaczuk, B.S. ; Peter A. Pizzola, Ph.D. ; Carol Gambino, M.S. ; Nicholas Petraco, M.S.
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:July 2012  Pages:900 to 911
Date Published: 07/2012
Page Count: 12
  Annotation: This article reviews a research report from the National Academy of Sciences.
Abstract: In February 2009, the National Academy of Sciences published a report entitled “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward.” The report notes research studies must be performed to “…understand the reliability and repeatability…” of comparison methods commonly used in forensic science. Numerical classification methods have the ability to assign objective quantitative measures to these words. In this study, reproducible sets of ideal striation patterns were made with nine slotted screwdrivers, encoded into high-dimensional feature vectors, and subjected to multiple statistical pattern recognition methods. The specific methods employed were chosen because of their long peer-reviewed track records, widespread successful use for both industry and academic applications, rely on few assumptions on the data’s underlying distribution, can be accompanied by standard confidence levels, and are falsifiable. For PLS-DA, correct classification rates of 97 percent or higher were achieved by retaining only eight dimensions (8D) of data. PCA-SVM required even fewer dimensions, 4D, for the same level of performance. Finally, for the first time in forensic science, it is shown how to use conformal prediction theory to compute identifications of striation patterns at a given level of confidence. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Toolmark identification ; Evidence identification and analysis ; Evidence preservation ; Investigative techniques ; Evidence technicians
Type: Case Study
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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