Department of Psychology
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Text Analysis Software Shows Potential for Application to EDD (Electronic Deception Discovery)

Tue, January 1, 2008

"James Pennebaker at the University of Texas developed a text analysis software, "Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count," that gained acceptance among linguists who study deception.

Pennebaker's research found that individuals who try to deceive generally use fewer first person pronouns (I, me, my) and exclusive words (e.g., except, but, without), and more negative emotion words (e.g., hate, worthless, and sad) and action verbs (e.g., walk, move, go).

David Skillicorn, of Queen's University, combined Pennebaker's findings with computer science tools such as singular value decomposition."

Read more in Electronic Deception Discovery: A New Kind of Search, Law Technology News.

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