Title: Comparison of Regression Equation with Multiplication Factor in Determination of Stature from Hand Length in Adults
Authors: Venkatachalam K S M, John William Felix A.
Stature can be determined using the measurements of different body parts. Forensic anthropology applies regression equation and multiplication factor for determining stature from bone or body part. The aim of the present study is to compare regression equation with multiplication factor from right hand length (RHL) for stature estimation of both sexes in Chennai region. In this cross sectional study, 619 subjects of both sexes with age ranging from 18 to 59 years were studied for determination of stature. Simple regression equation and multiplication factor were derived from RHL. They were applied for determination of stature of an individual for both sexes separately. Then they were compared for their accuracy and reliability. The present study found no significant difference between regression equation and multiplication factor in determining stature from RHL. Since it is relatively easy to derive multiplication factor, stature estimation can be predicted more easily with multiplication factor than regression equation among population in Chennai region.
Keywords: Stature, Hand length, Regression equation, Multiplication factor, Forensic anthropometry.