I am not so sure. I don't proclaim to be a fingerprint examiner, but in the
2 years I have worked here, I hear them bandy about the term "Minutiae
point" - They indicate that they must "Plot minutia point # 7 here and
minutia marker #28 there" etc. Often, the computer does not find all of the
No matter who or how many use the term, it is redundant unless there are other kinds of points or markers being discussed within context of the subject.
Learned folks can still be heard to ask, "Where is it at," when they want some indication of the location.
It occurs to me that could happen if latent prints are being taken from a product with the same name.
"Larry, plot the minuta markers that were taken from the cap of the Magic (tm) marker." I think this would be a rare case.
points it needs and a human has to go and mark the points to make it such
that matches can be located in the database. This often happens in the case
of latent pfingerprints, which are often unclear and cut off. A fingerprints
examiner can often tell how a ridge would continue, if it were there, or
where the delta would be if the prit were not cut off. So in order to launch
a search to find matches, often times they must manually place markers on
the fingerprint, over the minutiae - markers that the comptuer failed to
place because the pritn is cut off or bad quality. Latent prints (i.e.,
those found at crime sce4nes) are rarely clear and neat; they are often cut
off and messy. .
Here, you are drawing distinction between points and markers. Minutae are inclusive. They include points and markers. If there are no other kind of points or markers, the modifier is redundant.
So a minutia marker is not the same thing as minutiae itself. It is the
thing that points to the fact that something in the way of minutiae exists
I hope this is clear -
Thanks for the post anyway
Insofar as the modifier goes, it should be singular, in english. In other languages, the modifier may have to match the noun as it does in french, say.
Here's an example:
"Look at the light bulb."
"Look at the lights bulbs."
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