Lie detector test set to pick up e-mail fibbers

31 January 2002
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31 January 2002 | Mark Whitehead

Purchasers who want to know when suppliers are telling porkies will soon have a new gizmo - software that can tell when someone is lying in an e-mail.

Fraud specialists claim they have developed "text mining" software that can detect online fibs. SAS Institute, which plans to launch the product in the summer, says the package looks for unusual sentence constructions, repetition and the use of certain giveaway words.

Peter Dorrington, business solutions manager at SAS, told SM: "The way people construct sentences when they are lying is different to everyday speech and this software can spot it."

Another company, SER Solutions, says it already has software that has proved that Shakespeare was the author of one of his disputed plays, Henry Vlll.


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