Seminar Details

Seminar Details


Apr 7

3:30 pm

The Rarity of DNA Profiles

Bruce Weir


University of Washington - Department of Biostatistics

It is now widely accepted that forensic DNA profiles are rare, so it was a surprise to some people that different people represented in offender databases are being found to have the same (or similar) profiles. In the first place this is just an illustration of the birthday problem, but a deeper analysis must take into account dependencies among profiles caused by family or population membership.