DNA face estimation

Posted to Statistics  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

DNA faceParabon NanoLabs is working on a service that provides face estimates using DNA found at crime scenes. Pretty cool.

But, before anyone gets too excited, keep in mind that the estimates are still really rough.

Greytak agrees Snapshot is not super-precise, nor is the science ready for it to be. “Our goal is not to produce a profile that is perfectly accurate and there is only one person you’ve ever seen who could match that profile,” she says. “Really our goal is to produce something that will look similar enough to a person that it will jog a memory and, at the same time, make it clear which people it is not.”

There was an art project a few years ago that was something like this. The artist used DNA in gum and hair that she found in public spaces, and I could’ve sworn I shared it. Anyone know what I’m talking about? Update: It was Stranger Visions. (Thanks, Thomas.)

Favorites

Divorce Rates for Different Groups

We know when people usually get married. We know who never marries. Finally, it’s time to look at the other side: divorce and remarriage.

Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated breweries and how to maximize the beer tasting experience. Every journey begins with a single sip.

Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

For various occupations, the difference between the person who makes the most and the one who makes the least can be significant.

How You Will Die

So far we’ve seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let’s put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.