Measurement Uncertainty in Forensic Science A Practical Guide
In the courtroom, critical and life-changing decisions are made based on quantitative forensic science data. There is often a range in which a measured value is expected to fall and, in this, an inherent uncertainty associated with such measurement. Uncertainty in this context is not error. In fact, estimations of uncertainty can add to the utility and reliability of quantitative results, be it the length of a firearm barrel, the weight of a drug sample, or the concentration of ethanol in blood.
Measurement Uncertainty in Forensic Science: A Practical Guide describes and defines the concepts related to such uncertainty in the forensic context. The book provides the necessary conceptual background and framework—a baseline—for developing and deploying reasonable and defensible uncertainty estimations across forensic disciplines. Information is presented conceptually, using easily understood examples, to provide a readable, handy reference for scientists in the laboratory, as well as investigators and legal professionals who require a basic understanding of the science underpinning measurement results.
1. Forensic Measurements, Metrology, and Uncertainty
2. Sources of Uncertainty
3. Foundational Concepts
4. Processes and Procedures
5. Measurement Assurance: Distances, Crime Scenes, and Firearms
6. Uncertainty and Weighing
7. Breath Alcohol
8. Miscellaneous Topics