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NCJ Number: 97506 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of Associative Evidence - Choosing the Relevant Question
Journal: Journal of the Forensic Science Society  Volume:24  Issue:5  Dated:(September/October 1984)  Pages:473-482
Author(s): D A Stoney
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 10
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Six questions often asked in the attempt to evaluate associative evidence are discussed.
Abstract: The relevance of each question to evaluation of the evidence is considered, resulting in the rejection of five of the six questions. The fundamental relevant question remaining is, 'Given the objects defined by the offense, how frequently would we encounter incriminating objects among suspects?' The terms 'Crime Object' and 'Suspect Object' are introduced to help ensure proper formulation of the relevant question. The relationship of this question to likelihood ratios is briefly discussed, along with the implications for data collection. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Evidence; Evidence identification; Statistical analysis
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