Forensic Document Examination is a complex area involving many different topics and abilities. I am always looking for useful resources that can help me do this work and some of that information can be found online.
In time I would like to provide a more fulsome list of online resources pertaining to the different facets of this work but that is going to take a while to compile and it will be an ongoing project. Still there are already a few websites I consider to be particularly interesting and useful. I’ve compiled them into a list to serve as a starting point for a more complete and general list.
Some of these relate to Forensic Document Examination, some to logic and reasoning, and some pertain to programming and statistics (i.e., my main areas of interest). They are not listed in any particular order. Other categories, and more sites, may be added from time to time. In the meantime, I hope that you find them as interesting and useful as I have. If you know of other sites that you think might be included here, please let me know via the contact page. Enjoy!!
Forensic inference and decision analysis
“Normative Decision Structures of Forensic Interpretation in the Legal Process (NORMDECS) is a scientific research project, funded by an ERC/SNSF-Starting-Grant, hosted at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). The project ambitions to study fundamental questions of forensic interpretation through probability and decision theory. It aims at conceptualising and substantiating forensic inference, both on a theoretical and practical account, as an integral part of a wider framework for coherent decision analysis in the law.”
Link to PDF of the ENFSI Guide to Evaluative Reporting – Strengthening the Evaluation of Forensic Results across Europe (STEOFRAE), 2015
JASP: Jeffreys’s Amazing Statistics Program
“Our main goal is to help statistical practitioners reach maximally informative conclusions with a minimum of fuss. This is why we have developed JASP, a free cross-platform software program with a state-of-the-art graphical user interface.”
R-Bloggers.com is a blog aggregator of content contributed by bloggers who write about R (in English). The site helps R bloggers and users to connect and follow the “R blogosphere”
“R is an elegant and comprehensive statistical and graphical programming language. Unfortunately, it can also have a steep learning curve. I created this website for both current R users, and experienced users of other statistical packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Stata) who would like to transition to R. My goal is to help you quickly access this language in your work.”
NCFS (USA) info - archived
US Attorney General’s National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) – archival information
NIST MSSFHA conference
NIST-OLES — Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference, June 2013
NIST Forensic Science page
NIST’s Forensic Science page. “Bringing together experts from the forensic, research, legal, and law enforcement communities to strengthen forensic science and create a safer, more just society.”
Bayes and the Law
List of legal cases and discussion relating to Bayes Theorem and similar topics, plus much more.
A Gentle introduction to Bayes Theorem
“An Intuitive Explanation of Eliezer Yudkowsky’s Intuitive Explanation of Bayes’ Theorem”
The Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet
The ‘cognitive bias cheat sheet’ posting by Buster Benson. Excellent discussion of bias and how it works when we think about the world.
“Our aim in this course is to teach you how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences.”
You Are Not So Smart
“You Are Not So Smart is a fun exploration of the ways you and everyone else tends to develop an undeserved confidence in human perception, motivation, and behavior.”
“CFAR exists to try to make headway in this domain—the domain of understanding how human cognition already works, in practice, such that we can then start the process of making useful changes, such that we will be better positioned to solve the problems that really matter. We are neither about pure research nor pure execution, but about applied rationality—the middle ground where the rubber hits the road, where one’s models meet reality, and where one’s ideas and plans either pay off (or they don’t).”
This is a “site that tries to make sense of chance, risk, luck, uncertainty and probability. Mathematics won’t tell us what to do, but we think that understanding the numbers can help us deal with our own uncertainty and allow us to look critically at stories in the media.”
FDE Discussions Online
FDE Discussions Online is a private discussion group for professional FDEs. It requires registration and approval to participate.