Bias can influence the decisions of a Forensic Scientist through the use of task irrelevant information. The paper is used to address the issue of bias by explaining how bias works, what types of bias effect conclusions, and what is currently being done. A survey was also prepared and distributed to FOR 401 students to gather information on how bias works, and to show the dangers of how too much information can skew results. Proportion testing as well as chi-squared test was used to demonstrate how the levels of biasing information have an impact on a conclusion. The results showed an increase in the amount of positive answers when there was an increase in the amount of information provided. The results also demonstrated a change in the dependence between the two questions asked during the survey when there was a change in the type of information provided.

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Fall 2019


Michael Ward

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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