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Change cannot happen without community. CSAFE is passionate about achieving its mission to apply a statistically sound and scientifically solid foundation to the interpretation of forensic evidence. To that end, we invite fellow scientists and researchers, along with those in the forensic and legal communities, to use and share these resources as we work together to elevate forensic science and technology.

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CSAFE 2021 Field Update

CSAFE 2021 Field Update

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The 2021 Field Update was held June 14, 2021, and served as the closing to the first year of CSAFE 2.0. CSAFE brought together researchers, forensic science partners and interested community members to highlight the organization’s achievements, identify areas for…


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Algorithms in Forensic Science: Challenges, Considerations, and a Path Forward

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This CSAFE webinar was held on May 25, 2021. Presenter: Henry Swofford Ph.D. Candidate – University of Lausanne Presentation Description: Over the years, scientific and legal scholars have called for the implementation of algorithms (e.g., statistical methods) in forensic science…


Mt. Everest—we are going to lose many: a survey of fingerprint examiners’ attitudes towards probabilistic reporting

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Published: 2021 | By: H. Swofford

Over the past decade, with increasing scientific scrutiny on forensic reporting practices, there have been several efforts to introduce statistical thinking and probabilistic reasoning into forensic practice. These efforts have been met with mixed reactions—a common one being scepticism, or…

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Assessing Footwear Examiner Performance

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This CSAFE webinar was held on May 13, 2021. Presenter: Corey Katz Graduate Researcher, University of California, Irvine Presentation Description: There has recently been increased attention on the reliability and validity of methods used in the analysis of forensic evidence.…


Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners Short Course – Session 3

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Session 3 of this three-part CSAFE short course was held on April 23, 2021. Presenter: Hal Stern Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Irvine CSAFE Co-Director Presentation Description: The National Academies report in 2009 and the…


Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners Short Course – Session 2

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Session 2 of this three-part CSAFE short course was held on April 9, 2021. Presenter: Alicia Carriquiry Distinguished Professor in the Department of Statistics, CSAFE Director Presentation Description: Statistical ideas such as sampling, point and interval estimation of population quantities,…


IRT for Forensics

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This CSAFE webinar was held on April 8, 2021. Presenter: Amanda Luby Assistant Professor of Statistics, Swarthmore College Presentation Description: In this webinar, Amanda Luby explored how Item Response Theory (IRT), a class of statistical methods used prominently in educational…


Judges and forensic science education: A national survey

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Published: 2021 | By: Brandon L. Garrett

In criminal cases, forensic science reports and expert testimony play an increasingly important role in adjudication. More states now follow a federal reliability standard, which calls upon judges to assess the reliability and validity of scientific evidence. Little is known…

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Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners Short Course – Session 1

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Session 1 of this three-part CSAFE short course was held on March 26, 2021. Presenter: Hal Stern Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Statistics, CSAFE Co-Director Presentation Description: Probability Concepts and their Relevance to Forensic Science is the first session…


Latent print comparison and examiner conclusions: A field analysis of case processing in one crime laboratory

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Published: 2021 | By: Brett O. Gardner

Scholarship on the latent print comparison process has expanded in recent years, responsive to the call for rigorous research by scholarly groups (e.g., National Academy of Sciences, 2009; President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, 2016). Important to the…

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