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.
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.