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Can Jurors Understand Probabilistic Evidence?


  • D. H. Kaye
  • Jonathan J. Koehler


Some courts have been reluctant to admit testimony expressing probabilities because of a concern that jurors will overweight it relative to other evidence. However, empirical studies indicate a tendency to underweight statistical evidence when other sources of evidence are available. This paper reviews recent studies with mock jurors.

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  • D. H. Kaye & Jonathan J. Koehler, 1991. "Can Jurors Understand Probabilistic Evidence?," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 154(1), pages 75-81, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jorssa:v:154:y:1991:i:1:p:75-81
    DOI: 10.2307/2982696

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    1. Thomas Weber, 2010. "Simple methods for evaluating and comparing binary experiments," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 69(2), pages 257-288, August.

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