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December 2007 The rarity of DNA profiles
Bruce S. Weir
Ann. Appl. Stat. 1(2): 358-370 (December 2007). DOI: 10.1214/07-AOAS128


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 profile. 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.


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Bruce S. Weir. "The rarity of DNA profiles." Ann. Appl. Stat. 1 (2) 358 - 370, December 2007.


Published: December 2007
First available in Project Euclid: 30 November 2007

zbMATH: 1220.92044
MathSciNet: MR2415739
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/07-AOAS128

Keywords: birthday problem , DNA profiles , forensic profiles , inbreeding , Population genetics , relatives

Rights: Copyright © 2007 Institute of Mathematical Statistics

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