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Steganalysis in high dimensions: fusing classifiers built on random subspaces
Author(s): Jan Kodovský; Jessica Fridrich
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Paper Abstract

By working with high-dimensional representations of covers, modern steganographic methods are capable of preserving a large number of complex dependencies among individual cover elements and thus avoid detection using current best steganalyzers. Inevitably, steganalysis needs to start using high-dimensional feature sets as well. This brings two key problems - construction of good high-dimensional features and machine learning that scales well with respect to dimensionality. Depending on the classifier, high dimensionality may lead to problems with the lack of training data, infeasibly high complexity of training, degradation of generalization abilities, lack of robustness to cover source, and saturation of performance below its potential. To address these problems collectively known as the curse of dimensionality, we propose ensemble classifiers as an alternative to the much more complex support vector machines. Based on the character of the media being analyzed, the steganalyst first puts together a high-dimensional set of diverse "prefeatures" selected to capture dependencies among individual cover elements. Then, a family of weak classifiers is built on random subspaces of the prefeature space. The final classifier is constructed by fusing the decisions of individual classifiers. The advantage of this approach is its universality, low complexity, simplicity, and improved performance when compared to classifiers trained on the entire prefeature set. Experiments with the steganographic algorithms nsF5 and HUGO demonstrate the usefulness of this approach over current state of the art.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7880, Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics III, 78800L (11 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.872279
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Jan Kodovský, Binghamton Univ. (United States)
Jessica Fridrich, Binghamton Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7880:
Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics III
Nasir D. Memon; Jana Dittmann; Adnan M. Alattar; Edward J. Delp, Editor(s)

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