(Received 1 October 1985; accepted 10 December 1985)
Published Online: October
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A critical analysis is presented of the seven principal models previously proposed for the quantitative assessment of fingerprint individuality. Although these models have been developed over a long period of time, there has been no systematic or comprehensive review of all seven models; indeed, two very significant models have escaped the attention of contemporary investigators altogether. The present work compares and contrasts these various models. Each of the models that has been proposed is described and discussed critically in relationship to the fingerprint comparison process. None of the models previously advanced is found to incorporate the essential features of fingerprint comparison. These essential features are summarized in the context of a quantitative fingerprint individuality model.
Assistant professor of forensic science, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Professor of forensic science, University of California, Berkeley, CA
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