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When stories and numbers meet in court

Constructing and explaining Bayesian networks for criminal cases with scenarios
PhD ceremony:dr. C.S. (Charlotte) Vlek
When:October 28, 2016
Supervisors:prof. dr. H.B. (Bart) Verheij, prof. dr. L.C. (Rineke) Verbrugge, prof. dr. H. Prakken
Co-supervisor:dr. S. Renooij
Where:Academy building RUG
Faculty:Science and Engineering
When stories and numbers meet in court

Mathematical model could help judges marshal their thoughts

Different types of evidence often pass the review during a court case. But how do judges balance ‘hard’ data, for example the chances that the DNA trace comes from the suspect, against witness statements? Mathematician Charlotte Vlek has developed a solution, but not one that can be used in every case.

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