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Authorship Recognition Software From Drexel ­niversity Lab to Be Released December

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Michael Brennan

At Drexel University, Michael Brennan helped develop two software tools focused on authorship recognition.

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Drexel University researchers have developed two software tools focused on authorship recognition.

"One is called JStylo and the other is Anonymouth," says Drexel student Michael Brennan. JStylo is a tool that enables users to run authorship recognition tools on documents for either research or discovery purposes. “Anonymouth helps people modify their writing style by running samples of writing against many example texts and many different methods and suggests changes that can make their writing style less distinctive," Brennan says.

Drexel Ph.D. student Ariel Stolerman was the lead developer for JStylo, which serves as the backend for Anonymouth but also can be used as a standalone tool.

Brennan notes that some public safety officials are concerned that the tools could help users avoid law enforcement. However, he says "anonymous communication tools have been just as essential for law enforcement as they have been in thwarting law enforcement."

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