Evaluation of AFIS-Ranked Latent Fingerprint Matched Templates

  • Ram P. Krish
  • Julian Fierrez
  • Daniel Ramos
  • Raymond Veldhuis
  • Ruifang Wang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8333)


The methodology currently practiced in latent print examination (known as ACE-V) yields only a decision as result, namely individualization, exclusion or inconclusive. From such a decision, it is not possible to express the strength of opinion of a forensic examiner quantitatively with a scientific basis to the criminal justice system. In this paper, we propose a framework to generate a score from the matched template generated by the forensic examiner. Such a score can be viewed as a measure of confidence of a forensic examiner quantitatively, which in turn can be used in statistics-based evidence evaluation framework, for e.g, likelihood ratio. Together with the description and evaluation of new realistic forensic case driven score computation, we also exploit the developed experimental framework to understand more about matched templates in forensic fingerprint databases.


ACE-V methodology criminology forensics latent fingerprint likelihood ratio quantification of evidence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ram P. Krish
    • 1
  • Julian Fierrez
    • 1
  • Daniel Ramos
    • 1
  • Raymond Veldhuis
    • 2
  • Ruifang Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Biometric Recognition Group - ATVS, EPSUniv. Autonoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Biometric Pattern Recognition, Faculty EEMSUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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