1993-03-03 - Re: ANON: Textual analysis

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From: babani@cs.Buffalo.EDU (Rusty Babani)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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Message ID: <9303031648.AA17469@armstrong.cs.Buffalo.EDU>
Reply To: <m0nTk5E-0002TpC@rmsdell.ftl.fl.us>
UTC Datetime: 1993-03-03 16:49:19 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 3 Mar 93 08:49:19 PST

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From: babani@cs.Buffalo.EDU (Rusty Babani)
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 93 08:49:19 PST
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: ANON: Textual analysis
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Yanek Martinson stated in the last message:
>From cypherpunks-request@toad.com  Tue Mar  2 23:06:23 1993
>Subject: ANON: Textual analysis
>Reply-To: yanek@novavax.nova.edu

>> This reveals a minor and probably obvious weakness of pseudonyms--writing
>> styles.
>We probably need "rephrasing remailers" which do some rudimentary
>grammar parsing on input text, and randomly substitute equivalent
>constructs such as switching active/passive voice, synonyms, changing
>the word order where it is insignificant, joining/splitting sentences,

That is insane... remailers are not the place where this kind of work
should be taking place. If anything the user should run his document
that (s)he wants stripped of grammer clues with software designed for
that purpose on on his/her own machine.  This way, the user can see
immediate results.  They don't have to wait anywhere from 1 minute to
a few days to see the results of the "rephrasing remailer".

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