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Bayesian Networks in Forensic Science:
n Evolutionary Perspective

Award Information

Award #
2004-DN-BX-K006
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2004
Total funding (to date)
$20,000
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $20,000)

Bayesian Networks are a graphic tool to communicate complex probabilistic reasoning required in the evaluation of DNA evidence. The goal of this project is to adapt a commercially available computer program for describing Bayesian Networks to incorporate information from subpopulation differences and mutation rates of the DNA markers examined in forensic cases. The deliverable is a Ph.D. dissertation focusing on improved statistical methods for interpreting DNA data.

Objectives:

1. Use existing software to examine the utility of Bayesian Networks for interpreting results in complex forensic cases.
2. Disseminate information generated from this project to the forensic community.

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Date Created: September 19, 2004