How the probability of a false positive affects the value of DNA evidence.

@article{Thompson2003HowTP,
  title={How the probability of a false positive affects the value of DNA evidence.},
  author={W. Thompson and F. Taroni and C. Aitken},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  year={2003},
  volume={48 1},
  pages={
          47-54
        }
}
Errors in sample handling or test interpretation may cause false positives in forensic DNA testing. This article uses a Bayesian model to show how the potential for a false positive affects the evidentiary value of DNA evidence and the sufficiency of DNA evidence to meet traditional legal standards for conviction. The Bayesian analysis is contrasted with the "false positive fallacy," an intuitively appealing but erroneous alternative interpretation. The findings show the importance of having… Expand
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