Volume 41, Issue 2 (March 1996)

    A Bayesian Approach to Adult Human Age Estimation from Dental Observations by Johanson's Age Changes

    (Received 29 May 1995; accepted 11 August 1995)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Much of the data which appears in the forensic and archaeological literature is ordinal or categorical. This is particularly true of the age related indicators presented by Gustafson [1] in his method of human adult age estimation using the structural changes in human teeth. This technique is still being modified and elaborated. However, the statistical methods of regression analysis employed by Gustafson and others are not particularly appropriate to this type of data, but are still employed because alternatives have not yet been explored. This paper presents a novel approach based upon the application of Bayes' theorem to ordinal and categorical data, which overcomes many of the problems associated with regression analysis.


    Author Information:

    Pollard, AM
    Professor, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire

    Lucy, D
    Research Student, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire

    Aykroyd, RG
    Professor, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire

    Solheim, T
    Professor, Department of Oral Pathology and Section for Forensic Odontology, Blindern, Oslo,


    Stock #: JFS15411J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15411J

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    Title A Bayesian Approach to Adult Human Age Estimation from Dental Observations by Johanson's Age Changes
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