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Sat January 31, 15

P-values should not be used for evaluating the strength of DNA evidence - Forensic article feed - RSS
There is a broad scientific consensus that likelihoods are the primary tool for DNA evidence evaluation and that forensic experts should present the strength of DNA evidence using the likelihood ratio [1]. There are good reasons to do so [2]: the likelihood ratio measures the strength of the evidence and the likelihood ratio approach allows a finder of fact to combine the evidence with background information or other evidence in a coherent way [3]. Moreover, a desirable feature of the likelihood ratio approach is that the inferential process is out of the hands of the forensic expert, but rests with the court instead.
Fri January 30, 15

Psychopath's persistent violent behaviour associated with brain abnormalities - Forensic Media News - RSS
Psychopathic violent offenders have abnormalities in the parts of the brain related to learning from punishment, according to an MRI study led by Sheilagh Hodgins and Nigel Blackwood. "One in five violent offenders is a psychopath.

Sun January 18, 15

Testing likelihood ratios produced from complex DNA profiles - Forensic article feed - RSS
The performance of any model used to analyse DNA profile evidence should be tested using simulation, large scale validation studies based on ground-truth cases, or alignment with trends predicted by theory. We investigate a number of diagnostics to assess the performance of the model using Hd true tests. Of particular focus in this work is the proportion of comparisons to non-contributors that yield a likelihood ratio (LR) higher than or equal to the likelihood ratio of a known contributor (LRPOI), designated as p, and the average LR for Hd true tests.

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