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Submitted by mbstone
mbstone (457308) writes "Arvind Narayanan writes: What if authors can be identified based on nothing but a comparison of the content they publish to other web content they have previously authored? Naryanan has a new paper to be presented at the 33rd IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy. Just as individual telegraphers could be identified by other telegraphers from their "fists," Naryanan posits that an author's habitual choices of words, such as, for example, the frequency with which the author uses "since" as opposed to "because," can be processed through an algorithm to identify the author's writing. Fortunately, and for now, manually altering one's writing style is effective as a countermeasure."
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  • This is news? I'd think this would be obvious; people have been identifying authors based on writing styles for quite a long time now. Probably most Slashdotters can almost unconsciously identify nym-shifting trolls that way.

    There will be false positives, though; I've seen someone with a writing style so similar to my own that sometimes I thought his name was ending up on my messages through some technical problem.

    BTW, I've noticed that the GNAA trolls seem eerily similar to Rick Santorum. Probably just

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

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