Statistics and the Evaluation of Evidence for Forensic Scientists

Colin Aitken, Franco Taroni, Silvia Bozza

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The leading resource in the statistical evaluation and interpretation of forensic evidence
The third edition of Statistics and the Evaluation of Evidence for Forensic Scientists is fully updated to provide the latest research and developments in the use of statistical techniques to evaluate and interpret evidence. Courts are increasingly aware of the importance of proper evidence assessment when there is an element of uncertainty. Because of the increasing availability of data, the role of statistical and probabilistic reasoning is gaining a higher profile in criminal cases. That’s why lawyers, forensic scientists, graduate students, and researchers will find this book an essential resource, one which explores how forensic evidence can be evaluated and interpreted statistically. It’s written as an accessible source of information for all those with an interest in the evaluation and interpretation of forensic scientific evidence.
- Discusses the entire chain of reasoning–from evidence pre-assessment to court presentation;
- Includes material for the understanding of evidence interpretation for single and multiple trace evidence;
- Provides real examples and data for improved understanding.
Since the first edition of this book was published in 1995, this respected series has remained a leading resource in the statistical evaluation of forensic evidence. It shares knowledge from authors in the fields of statistics and forensic science who are international experts in the area of evidence evaluation and interpretation. This book helps people to deal with uncertainty related to scientific evidence and propositions. It introduces a method of reasoning that shows how to update beliefs coherently and to act rationally. In this edition, readers can find new information on the topics of elicitation, subjective probabilities, decision analysis, and cognitive bias, all discussed in a Bayesian framework. 
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1248
ISBN (Electronic)9781119245438
ISBN (Print)9781119245223
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2021

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