Matthias Frey

Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin

The Pareto Principle in the Formation of Criminalistic Hypotheses

This article deals with the possible influence that behavioral patterns associated with the Pareto principle can have on the process of the formation of criminalistic hypotheses. In its current application as an everyday principle, this originally socio-economic principle is primarily associated with efficiency-oriented problem-solving strategies. Its inherent mechanisms can lead to a shortening of the hypothesis formation process and to the perception that a hypothesis is #good enough# and sufficiently validated to serve as a precondition for further considerations and no longer be adequately questioned. Criminalists, by contrast, must be expected to consciously counteract a bias based on efficiency orientation.

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