Marjan Sjerps

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We report on a Dutch population study of the STR loci HUMTHOI, HUMFES/FPS, HUMVWA31/1, and HUMF13A1, in which we used multiplex amplification and automated fragment detection. Genotype and allele frequencies showed no deviation from Hardy-Weinberg and linkage equilibrium. The improved Bonferroni procedure was used to combine the results of several tests.(More)
To introduce a duplex PCR system consisting of the STR loci D21S11 and HUMFIBRA in forensic identity testing we analysed a Dutch Caucasian database of 205 individuals. The combined power of discrimination of the two loci is 0.9978 and there was no evidence for linkage equilibrium between the two loci (p=0.91). However, we noticed departure from(More)
If the DNA profiles of a crime stain and the reference sample from the suspect do not match, the suspect is excluded as the donor of the crime stain. However, in some situations the DNA evidence can suggest that a close relative of the suspect might match the stain, in particular when the reference sample from the suspect and the crime stain share rare(More)
Does the evidential strength of a DNA match depend on whether the suspect was identified through database search or through other evidence ("probable cause")? In Balding and Donnelly (1995, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A 158, 21-53) and elsewhere, it has been argued that the evidential strength is slightly larger in a database search(More)
Even though trace evidence is becoming more and more important in legal cases, only little is known about the influence of task and context factors on comparative judgments. In the present study we investigated how expectations and complexity affect shoe print examinations and to what extent differences exist between beginners and experienced examiners.(More)
When a Y-chromosomal and a (partial) autosomal DNA profile are obtained from one crime sample, and both profiles match the suspect’s profiles, we would like to know the combined evidential value. To calculate the likelihood ratio of observing the autosomal and Y-chromosomal DNA profiles combined, we need to know the conditional random match probability of(More)
Forensic DNA casework is currently regarded as one of the most important types of forensic evidence, and important decisions in intelligence and justice are based on it. However, errors occasionally occur and may have very serious consequences. In other domains, error rates have been defined and published. The forensic domain is lagging behind concerning(More)
We argue that it is, in principle, not difficult to deal with selection effects in forensic science. If a suspect is selected through a process that is related to the forensic evidence, then the strength of the evidence will be compensated by very small prior odds. No further correction is necessary. The same is true for so-called data-dependent hypotheses.(More)
We present a novel algorithm for probabilistic peak detection in first-order chromatographic data. Unlike conventional methods that deliver a binary answer pertaining to the expected presence or absence of a chromatographic peak, our method calculates the probability of a point being affected by such a peak. The algorithm makes use of chromatographic(More)