Visualizing authorship for identification

Ahmed Abbasi, Hsinchun Chen

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Abstract

As a result of growing misuse of online anonymity, researchers have begun to create visualization tools to facilitate greater user accountability in online communities. In this study we created an authorship visualization called Writeprints that can help identify individuals based on their writing style. The visualization creates unique writing style patterns that can be automatically identified in a manner similar to fingerprint biometric systems. Writeprints is a principal component analysis based technique that uses a dynamic feature-based sliding window algorithm, making it well suited at visualizing authorship across larger groups of messages. We evaluated the effectiveness of the visualization across messages from three English and Arabic forums in comparison with Support Vector Machines (SVM) and found that Writeprints provided excellent classification performance, significantly outperforming SVM in many instances. Based on our results, we believe the visualization can assist law enforcement in identifying cyber criminals and also help users authenticate fellow online members in order to deter cyber deception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Pages60-71
Number of pages12
Volume3975 LNCS
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
EventIEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2006 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: May 23 2006May 24 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3975 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

OtherIEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2006
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period5/23/065/24/06

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Authorship
Visualization
Law Enforcement
Social Responsibility
Dermatoglyphics
Deception
Principal Component Analysis
Research Personnel
Support vector machines
Support Vector Machine
Online Communities
Accountability
Sliding Window
Anonymity
Law enforcement
Biometrics
Fingerprint
Principal component analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

Cite this

Abbasi, A., & Chen, H. (2006). Visualizing authorship for identification. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 3975 LNCS, pp. 60-71). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 3975 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/11760146_6

Visualizing authorship for identification. / Abbasi, Ahmed; Chen, Hsinchun.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 3975 LNCS 2006. p. 60-71 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 3975 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abbasi, A & Chen, H 2006, Visualizing authorship for identification. in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). vol. 3975 LNCS, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 3975 LNCS, pp. 60-71, IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, ISI 2006, San Diego, CA, United States, 5/23/06. https://doi.org/10.1007/11760146_6
Abbasi A, Chen H. Visualizing authorship for identification. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 3975 LNCS. 2006. p. 60-71. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)). https://doi.org/10.1007/11760146_6
Abbasi, Ahmed ; Chen, Hsinchun. / Visualizing authorship for identification. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Vol. 3975 LNCS 2006. pp. 60-71 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
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