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Published in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A: Statistics in Society 175, Part 2 (2012) in the article “Quantifying the Weight of Evidence from a Forensic Fingerprint Comparison: A New Paradigm” (pp. 371–415) in the final section “Discussion on the Paper by Neumann, Evett and Skerrett,” p. 408.

doi: 10.1111/j.1467-985X.2011.01027.x


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Neumann, Evett, and Skerrett have made a major contribution to the art and science of fingerprint identification. This is an important—perhaps historic—step forward in the intellectual history of fingerprint identification and perhaps other fields of pattern matching forensic science. Their work deals ingeniously with the elusive problem of placing forensic identification on an empirically sound, quantitative foundation.