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Title: ACE-V and the Scientific Method
Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:60  Issue:1  Dated:January/February 2010  Pages:87-103
Author(s): Michelle Reznicek; Robin M. Ruth; Dawn M. Schilens
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 17
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the relationships among the scientific method, theory testing, hypothesis testing, and the scientific methodology of analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification (ACE-V).
Abstract: The scientific method is a general approach for all hypothesis testing. Analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification (ACE-V) is a scientific methodology that is part of the scientific method. Several publications have attempted to explain ACE-V as a scientific method or its role within the scientific method, but these attempts are either not comprehensive or not explicit. This article expands on these previous works and outlines the scientific method as a seven-step process. The scientific method is discussed using the premises of uniqueness, persistence, and classifiability. Each step of the scientific method is addressed specifically as it applies to friction ridge impression examination in casework. It is important for examiners to understand and apply the scientific method, including ACE-V, and be able to articulate this method. Figures and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Evaluation of evaluation
Index Term(s): Crime analysis; Forensic sciences; Literature reviews; Police casework
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