Inference in Forensic Science

Dr. Ian W. Evett
Forensic Science Service
Priory House
Gooch Street North
Birmingham
B5 6QQ

Abstract

Forensic science is an interesting discipline because of the cultural differences between the legal and scientific fields. Inferential procedures are determined to a large extent by the adversary system, and the modern forensic scientist does not necessarily correspond with the popular stereotypes. Consideration of the nature of the ``expert opinion'' leads to interesting questions of epistemology, partially clarified by adopting a Bayesian view of evidence. Some of these issues will be explored by simple examples and it is hoped to stimulate discussion of the problems of knowledge elicitation.
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