•We analysed the stuttering rate of complex STRs in MPS.•We found that different alleles created different degrees of stutter.•We analysed all uninterrupted stretches of the alleles to identify the missing motifs, when comparing stutter and parent sequences.•We defined a new predictor of stutter ratio: The block length of the missing motif (BLMM).•We saw improved performance for complex STRs, when using the BLMM as a predictor of stutter ratio, instead of the longest uninterrupted stretch (LUS).
Forensic Science International: Genetics – Elsevier
Published: Jul 1, 2018
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