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.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||American Journal of Physical Anthropology|
|Early online date||25 Aug 2015|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2016|
- ambiguous categories
- dichotomous variables
- sex estimation