Revisiting the Phenice technique sex classification results reported by MacLaughlin and Bruce (1990)

Clare McFadden, Marc F. Oxenham*

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Abstract

Phenice (Am J Phys Anthropol 30 (1969):297-301) reported a success rate of 96% for his method of sex determination based on three morphological features of the pelvis. Numerous studies have tested and evaluated the method with affirmative results. The results of the study by MacLaughlin and Bruce (J Forensic Sci 35 (1990):1384-1392) were inconsistent with other studies, reporting far lower rates of accuracy and a greater degree of interobserver error. The authors believe that this may be the result of the inclusion of an "ambiguous" classification category. Revised modelling using forced classification of sex provides much higher classification rates with the implication that the poor results reported by MacLaughlin and Bruce were due to methodological error for the most part.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-183
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume159
Issue number1
Early online date25 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

Keywords

  • ambiguous categories
  • dichotomous variables
  • sex estimation

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