NIST is organizing a technical colloquium on the topic of Quantification of the Weight of Forensic Evidence. The purpose of the technical colloquium is to facilitate a technical discussion about theories and current approaches and practices for assigning the weight of evidence. Issues related to statistical methods for quantifying the weight of evidence and their introduction into courts of law, are of great interest and importance in forensic science.
Mathematically speaking, it has been argued that the Likelihood Ratio (LR) is the optimal approach for quantifying the weight of evidence. However, there are still a great deal of unknowns surrounding the implementation and computation of LRs across specific forensic domains. There is also ongoing debate about the interpretation of LR values in courtroom testimony.
The technical colloquium aims to address different mathematical or statistical methods for quantifying the weight of evidence, their scientific underpinning, pros, cons, limitation as well as the criteria for applying such methods, and development of guidelines for the forensic science community. We encourage participants to review the bibliography posted prior to the technical colloquium.
The technical colloquium which is part of the IBPC2016 will be held May 5-6 at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland.