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Simultaneous latent fingerprints are clusters of friction ridge impressions deposited concurrently in a crime scene. The analysis of these impressions is a complex task to infer individualization, exclusion or categorize as inconclusive. The problem is further compounded when distinctive features in each latent fingerprint in the cluster are of varying quality or none of the fingerprint has the requisite number of features to reliably arrive at a conclusion. Recently, SWGFAST (Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology) proposed a draft standard for simultaneous impression examination.
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