LIES, DAMNED LIES AND EXPERT WITNESSES

Colin Aitken
Professor of Forensic Statistics
Chairman of the Royal Statistical Society Section on Statistics and the Law
University of Edinburgh, UK



Abstract:
The role of statistics in the criminal law is not without controversy. Bayes Theorem has been banned from the courts and there have been many misunderstandings concerning conditional probabilities. The talk will be a general one about statistics, forensic science and the law - partly technical, partly philosophical and partly historical.

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