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Text 'fingerprints' could catch criminals

Boffins at the University of Leicester have embarked upon a study aimed at discerning individuals' styles of text-messaging.

The styles of hundreds of people's messages will be studied, in the hope of helping police with criminal investigations. The team will scrutinise volunteers' SMS messages to uncover patterns of language and style. The work could produce tools and methods to enable the identification of an individual text author.

The study site provides a link to the story of Stuart Campbell, who was convicted of his niece's murder in 2002. As part of the evidence police proved that he had written text messages that he claimed were sent by his victim.

You can take part in the study here.

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