E-Mail authorship attribution for computer forensics
de Vel, Olivier, Anderson, Alison M., Corney, Malcolm W., & Mohay, George M. (2002) E-Mail authorship attribution for computer forensics. In Barbara, Daniel & Jajodia, Sushil (Eds.) Applications of Data Mining in Computer Security. Kluwer Academic Publishers/Springer, Boston.
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In this chapter, we briefly overview the relatively new discipline of computer forensics and describe an investigation of forensic authorship attribution or identification undertaken on a corpus of multi-author and multi-topic e-mail documents. We use an extended set of e-mail document features such as structural characteristics and linguistic patterns together with a Support Vector Machine as the learning algorithm. Experiments on a number of e-mail documents generated by different authors on a set of topics gave promising results for both inter- and intratopic author categorisation.
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