Michigan State University
Latent fingerprint images are typically obtained under non-ideal acquisition conditions, resulting in incomplete or distorted impression of a finger, and ridge structure corrupted by background noise. This necessitates involving latent experts in latent fingerprint examination, including assessing the value of a latent print as forensic evidence. However, it is now generally agreed that human factors (e.g., human visual perception, expertise of latent examiners, workload, etc.) can significantly affect the reliability and consistency of the value determinations made by latent examiners.