Activelinguisticauthentication using real-time stylometric evaluation for multi-modal decision fusion

Ariel Stolerman, Alex Fridman, Rachel Greenstadt, Patrick Brennan, Patrick Juola

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    Active authentication is the process of continuously verifying a user based on his/her ongoing interactions with a computer. Forensic sty-lometry is the study of linguistic style applied to author (user) identification. This paper evaluates the Active Linguistic Authentication Dataset, collected from users working individually in an office environment over a period of one week. It considers a battery of stylometric modalities as a representative collection of high-level behavioral biometrics. While a previous study conducted a partial evaluation of the dataset with data from fourteen users, this paper considers the complete dataset comprising data from 67 users. Another significant difference is in the type of evaluation: instead of using day-based or data-based (number-of-characters) windows for classification, the evaluation employs time-based, overlapping sliding windows. This tests the ability to produce authentication decisions every 10 to 60 seconds, which is highly applicable to real-world active security systems. Sensor evaluation is conducted via cross-validation, measuring the false acceptance and false rejection rates (FAR/FRR). The results demonstrate that, under realistic settings, stylometric sensors perform with considerable effectiveness down to 0/0.5 FAR/FRR for decisions produced every 60 seconds and available 95% of the time.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Digital Forensics X - 10th IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference, Revised Selected Papers
    EditorsSujeet Shenoi, Gilbert Peterson
    PublisherSpringer New York LLC
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9783662449516
    StatePublished - 2014
    Event10th IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: Jan 8 2014Jan 10 2014

    Publication series

    NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
    ISSN (Print)1868-4238


    Conference10th IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics


    • Active authentication
    • Authorship verification
    • Stylometry

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Information Systems
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Information Systems and Management


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