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From: (Raymond Whritenour)
Subject: [DNA] DNAPrint on Nightline -- error estimate seen on the certificate
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 17:10:22 -0500 (EST)


You wrote: "The Maximum Likelihood Estimate, the single most probable
point on the triangle chart, has a lot of uncertaintly."

Yes, but it is exactly the MLE which is assigned a + or - 2.5% fudge
factor by FTDNA, on their Certificates of Ancestry.

Query: If FTDNA, who is up on all this DNA testing, has trouble
figuring out what DNAPrint genomics is really saying with regard to the
degree of error in their estimates, then how can the public be expected
to work it out?

Ray Whritenour

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