In this paper, we introduce the R package cmpsR, an open-source implementation of the Congruent Matching Profile Segments (CMPS) method developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for objective comparison of striated tool marks. The functionality of the package is showcased by examples of bullet signatures that come with the package. Graphing tools are implemented in the package as well for users to assess and understand the CMPS results. Initial tests were performed on bullet signatures generated from two sets of 3D scans in the Hamby study under the framework suggested by the R package bulletxtrctr. New metrics based on CMPS scores are introduced and compared with existing metrics. A measure called sum of squares ratio is included, and how it can be used for evaluating different scans, metrics, or parameters is showcased with the Hamby study data sets. An open-source implementation of the CMPS algorithm makes the algorithm more accessible, generates reproducible results, and facilitates further studies of the algorithm such as method comparisons. This article is under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
An Open-Source Implementation of the CMPS Algorithm for Assessing Similarity of Bullets
Journal: The R Journal
Primary Author: Wangqian Ju
Secondary Authors: Heike Hofmann