Lying again but this time to police


VeriPol, a system developed at the UK's Cardiff University, analyses the wording of victim statements in order to help police identify fake reports. By January 2019, VeriPol was in use by Spanish police, who said it helped them identify 64 false reports in one week and was successful in more than 80% of cases. The basic claim is that AI can find patterns that are common to false statements; among the giveaways experts say that false statements are likely to be shorter than genuine ones, focus on the details of stolen property rather than the incident, and lack details about the perpetrator and attack.

Writer: Martin Evans

Publication: Daily Telegraph

Publication date: 2019-01-07

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