Published Online: 1 January 1981
Page Count: 11
Professor of statistics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
Forensic scientist, Seminole County Sheriff's Office Forensic Laboratory, Sanford, Fla.
Forensic scientist, Sanford Regional Crime Laboratory, Sanford, Fla.
(Received 19 March 1980; accepted 7 August 1980)
Frequency of occurrence data are valuable to forensic scientists in their quest to properly assess the evidential value of automotive paint exhibits. A survey of automobile topcoat paint colors is presented with a sample size of 43 000 vehicles covering six eastern states in the United States. In addition, the results of a second survey utilizing more discriminating color groups for 2000 vehicles in central Florida is given. Comments on statistical validity and sample size for frequency distribution studies are provided.
Paper ID: JFS11330J