CSI Nokia? SMS database intended for forensic profiling

Ars: Anyone that's a fan of crime dramas (or is married to one) is familiar with the clues lurking in the written word. Everything about it-language usage, handwriting style, even idiosyncrasies in the typewriter used to produce it-can be used as a clue for forensic purposes. Researchers are finding that the loose rules and compressed format of SMS texts actually help make it easier to identify the person who sent one.

The work's reached the public's attention thanks to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, which is holding its annual Festival of Science in Liverpool this week.

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