Statistical Foundations

Developing Statistical Foundations That Uncover the Validity of Forensic Evidence

As of today, single donor DNA analysis is the only form of evidence forensic scientists and others in the criminal justice field can trust as accurate. All other forms of evidence have some degree of uncertainty. How much uncertainty? CSAFE researchers are developing statistical programs forensic scientists can use to quantify the level of confidence forensic practitioners and other stakeholders can have in data and evidence. We work to:

  • Advance the use of probabilistic methods that enhance forensic analysis.
  • Solidify the statistical foundation for pattern and digital evidence analysis.
  • Quantify the level of confidence forensic scientists have in evidence.

By using statistical models to analyze and interpret data and evidence, forensic scientists will be able to reach more-informed and more-accurate conclusions. Forensic scientists and experts can use those probabilities to give insights to others as they communicate their findings.

 CSAFE researchers are developing statistical programs forensic scientists can use to quantify the level of confidence forensic practitioners and other stakeholders can have in data and evidence.

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With the help of forensic scientists, CSAFE researchers have created learning modules, training sessions and webinars that teach forensic scientists and other key stakeholders how to apply statistical foundations to help determine the probability of both pattern evidence and digital evidences’ validity, and how to analyze the results.

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