Automatically detecting criminal identity deception: An adaptive detection algorithm

G. Alan Wang, Hsinchun Chen, Homa Atabakhsh

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Identity deception, specifically identity concealment, is a serious problem encountered in the law enforcement and intelligence communities. In this paper, the authors discuss techniques that can automatically detect identity deception. Most of the existing techniques are experimental and cannot be easily applied to real applications because of problems such as missing values and large data size. The authors propose an adaptive detection algorithm that adapts well to incomplete identities with missing values and to large datasets containing millions of records. The authors describe three experiments to show that the algorithm is significantly more efficient than the existing record comparison algorithm with little loss in accuracy. It can identify deception having incomplete identities with high precision. In addition, it demonstrates excellent efficiency and scalability for large databases. A case study conducted in another law enforcement agency shows that the authors’ algorithm is useful in detecting both intentional deception and unintentional data errors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)988-999
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A: Systems and Humans
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Efficiency
  • identity deception
  • missing value
  • scalability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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