Design and Use of a Computer-Assisted Postmortem Identification System

    Volume 31, Issue 3 (July 1986)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 July 1986

    Page Count: 10

    Lorton, L
    Colonel, Dental Corps, Presidio of San Francisco, CA

    Langley, WH
    Chief, Applications Team, Information Sciences Branch, Letterman Army Institute of Research, Presidio of San Francisco, CA

    (Received 22 April 1985; accepted 3 December 1985)


    The organization and rationale for the design of a computer-assisted postmortem identification system are discussed along with results of the use of this system in extensive simulation trials on a database of 578 records. The selectivity of dental characteristics is so great that any individual with 4 or more characteristics (either fillings or missing teeth), can be separated from a group of 578 people for final verification of the identity match. The effects of errors in the database are discussed and the actual effects of different error rates on identification are shown. Error rates of up to 30% have only small effects on the ability of the system to pick out correct identity matches. The system is presently implemented on a portable microcomputer, a representative desktop computer, and a large minicomputer. The present efforts include statistical analysis of an enlarged database and testing of a data acquisition system to allow the building of a large identification database (25 000 records) in a quick and economical manner.

    Paper ID: JFS11105J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11105J

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    Title Design and Use of a Computer-Assisted Postmortem Identification System
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30