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Authorship Identification and Writeprint Visualization


Authorship Identification and Writeprint Visualization

Ding, Steven H. H. (2014) Authorship Identification and Writeprint Visualization. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The Internet provides an ideal anonymous channel for concealing computer-mediated malicious activities, as the network-based origins of critical electronic textual evidence (e.g., emails, blogs, forum posts, chat log etc.) can be easily repudiated. Authorship attribution is the study of identifying the actual author of the given anonymous documents based on the text itself, and, for decades, many linguistic stylometry and computational techniques have been extensively studied for this purpose. However, most of the previous research emphasizes promoting the authorship attribution accuracy and few works have been done for the purpose of constructing and visualizing the evidential traits; also, these sophisticated techniques are difficult for cyber investigators or linguistic experts to interpret. In this thesis, based on the EEDI (End-to-End Digital Investigation) Framework we propose a visualizable evidence-driven approach, namely VEA, which aims at facilitating the work of cyber investigation. Our comprehensive controlled experiment and stratified experiment on the real-life Enron email data set both demonstrate that our approach can achieve even higher accuracy than traditional methods; meanwhile, its output can be easily visualized and interpreted as evidential traits. In addition to identifying the most plausible author of a given text, our approach also estimates the confidence for the predicted result based on a given identification context and presents visualizable linguistic evidence for each candidate.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Ding, Steven H. H.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A. Sc.
Program:Information Systems Security
Date:April 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Fung, Benjamin C. M. and Debbabi, Mourad
ID Code:978442
Deposited By: HONGHUI DING
Deposited On:19 Jun 2014 17:03
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:46
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