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Identification of forgeries in handwritten petitions for ballot propositions
Author(s): Sargur Srihari; Veshnu Ramakrishnan; Manavender Malgireddy; Gregory R. Ball
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Paper Abstract

Many governments have some form of "direct democracy" legislation procedure whereby individual citizens can propose various measures creating or altering laws. Generally, such a process is started with the gathering of a large number of signatures. There is interest in whether or not there are fraudulent signatures present in such a petition, and if so what percentage of the signatures are indeed fraudulent. However, due to the large number of signatures (tens of thousands), it is not feasible to have a document examiner verify the signatures directly. Instead, there is interest in creating a subset of signatures where there is a high probability of fraud that can be verified. We present a method by which a pairwise comparison of signatures can be performed and subsequent sorting can generate such subsets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7247, Document Recognition and Retrieval XVI, 72470S (19 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.805597
Show Author Affiliations
Sargur Srihari, Univ. at Buffalo (United States)
Veshnu Ramakrishnan, Univ. at Buffalo (United States)
Manavender Malgireddy, Univ. at Buffalo (United States)
Gregory R. Ball, Univ. at Buffalo (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7247:
Document Recognition and Retrieval XVI
Kathrin Berkner; Laurence Likforman-Sulem, Editor(s)

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