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In Synch: Language Style Matching #security

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In Synch

I was forwarded the link to In Synch, a tool which will calculate the Language Style Matching for two pieces of text.

“[In Synch] determines the degree to which any two samples of language are similar in their language styles. It can be most helpful in analyzing two sides of the same conversation.”

All that is needed are two writing examples – instant messages, text chats, text messages, transcribed conversations or other writing samples – with a minimum of 50 words for each the language style can be analyzed and a score can be calculated. The scoring is from 0.50 – 1.00, so the closer you are to 1.00 the more in synch you are with the author.

Possible uses for this could be verification that a piece of written text is from an author. And in combination with text-to-speech and speech analysis this could lead to an additional factor which could be used in authentication.

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January 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm

A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

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@Google, please stop with the language! #google

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I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my browser sends the HTTP header message:

Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5

So why do you keep shoving a language I do NOT choose in my face after I’ve asked you numerous times, and in numerous ways, not to. I thought computers listened to people, do you just program your computers to be stupid?

I know I’ve asked this many times, and every single time I’ve been ignored. Perhaps they will listen to me some day…

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August 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm

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Just Finished Reading “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” #books

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is another book my mother gave me. It wasn’t a hint, she had received an extra copy and gave it to me.

I thought the book was fun, it taught me a lot about where I make mistakes in punctuation. It should really be taught at school, I can’t remember ever being taught how to correctly use a semicolon or a dash. (Did you spot me split that infinitive? Hack!)

So how would you grade me? 🙂

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March 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Just Finished Reading “Oxford Style Manual” ;) #books

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To be honest I didn’t really read it, it’s just that this section of my blog is called “Just Finished Reading”.

I was really lucky finding The Oxford Style Manual, the Amazon list price is $35, and the price on the book is $49.95. I picked it up in the Hague – which is with an uncapitalized t according to the Oxford Style Manual – for €10. It was actually €18.50, but had some damage.

There are some online style guides available:

I never need to wonder whether I am using English with style.

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March 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm

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Neologism: Memetracker

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Most people will know the term meme coined by Richard Dawkins, but I learned today that there are such things as memetrackers. “A memetracker is a tool for studying the migration of memes across a group of people.” Blog analyzers and Social Media sites are examples of memetrackers.

I apparently used several memetrackers every day and didn’t know the word for it.

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August 3, 2008 at 7:51 pm

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Just Started Reading… #books

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No, I haven’t finished Vurt! This book was pushed into my had today, and I needed to read something on the long train ride – which doesn’t explain today’s lack of entries. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is very funny, and for somebody who wants to become a stickler.

Another book, in the same genre, which was given to me yesterday is Righting English that’s gone Dutch. This one I still need to start into, but what with all the books and projects I have on the go I’ll have to make a move.

Tomorrow I have a long train journey, perhaps I’ll have more time to read then.

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July 29, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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