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Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners Short Course

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Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners Short Course

Friday, March 31, 2023 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

This series is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 31, 2023. A registration form can be found below. 

Session 1 Description:

Probability Concepts and their Relevance to Forensic Science is the first session in the four-session short course, Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners

Probability is the mathematical language of uncertainty. Probabilities are used to describe the frequency or likelihood of events or to characterize measurement uncertainty. In this first session, we introduce the laws of probability and their application in forensic settings. Specific topics include:

  • Definition and interpretation of probability
  • Basic laws of probability
  • Conditional probability and independence of events
  • Bayes’ Theorem and Bayesian statistics

Topics are illustrated with examples drawn from forensic science and relevant legal cases.


Hal Stern
Co-Director of CSAFE
Provost, Executive Vice Chancellor, and Chancellor’s Professor – University of California, Irvine

About the Short Course:

Session 1 is the first session in the four-part short course, Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners, Dr. Hal Stern introduces fundamental concepts from probability and statistics –– motivated by forensic issues –– followed by a detailed investigation of how they apply to assess forensic evidence’s probative value. This short course will be held online in four sessions. Each session builds upon the previous one(s) and recordings will be available in the event registrants are unable to attend one or more of the live sessions. Researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities are encouraged to attend. Short course registrants who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of completion.


Friday, March 31, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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Anthony Greiter, CSAFE Learning & Development Specialist
Kristen Hanson, CSAFE Administrative Specialist