Volume 26, Issue 1 (January 1981)
The Evidential Value of Automobile Paint. Part II: Frequency of Occurrence of Topcoat Colors
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.