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Crime Scene Evidence

Crime Scene Evidence is a problem-solving task from the Royal Statistical Society and Plymouth University.

An MP3 player has been stolen and someone between the ages of 11 and 16 is suspected. The main clue is a footprint. Is it possible to narrow down the suspects by considering the likely age of the thief based on the evidence?

This task draws on notions of average and representations such as histograms or scatter graphs. It provides a sense of how statistics can be used to draw conclusions in situations of uncertainty.

Go to Crime Scene Evidence on the Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education (RSSCSE) website >>