Published Online: 1 April 1982
Page Count: 7
Director, Metropolitan Forensic Anthropology Team, Bronx, NY
Associate professor of anthropology and statistical consultant to the Metropolitan Forensic Anthropology Team, Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, NY
(Received 2 October 1981; accepted 27 October 1981)
Stepwise multiple discriminant function analysis is used to establish classification functions for sex assessment of North American white femora. The functions correctly assign sex for 82% of a sample consisting of 85 femora of verified age, sex, and race, and for a similarly verified test sample of 30. The objectives are to provide criteria for sexing poorly preserved and fragmentary unknown specimens and a statement of the probable accuracy of such assessments in individual cases. The application of the method to forensic casework is illustrated by a sample case.
Paper ID: JFS11497J