Conversationally-Inspired Stylometric Features for Authorship Attribution in Instant Messaging

Cristani, M., Roffo, G. , Segalin, C., Bazzani, L., Vinciarelli, A. and Murino, V. (2012) Conversationally-Inspired Stylometric Features for Authorship Attribution in Instant Messaging. In: 20th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Nara, Japan, 29 Oct - 2 Nov 2012, pp. 1121-1124. ISBN 9781450310895 (doi:10.1145/2393347.2396398)

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Authorship attribution (AA) aims at recognizing automatically the author of a given text sample. Traditionally applied to literary texts, AA faces now the new challenge of recognizing the identity of people involved in chat conversations. These share many aspects with spoken conversations, but AA approaches did not take it into account so far. Hence, this paper tries to fill the gap and proposes two novelties that improve the effectiveness of traditional AA approaches for this type of data: the first is to adopt features inspired by Conversation Analysis (in particular for turn-taking), the second is to extract the features from individual turns rather than from entire conversations. The experiments have been performed over a corpus of dyadic chat conversations (77 individuals in total). The performance in identifying the persons involved in each exchange, measured in terms of area under the Cumulative Match Characteristic curve, is 89.5%.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roffo, Dr Giorgio and Vinciarelli, Professor Alessandro
Authors: Cristani, M., Roffo, G., Segalin, C., Bazzani, L., Vinciarelli, A., and Murino, V.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science

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