Forensic handwriting examination is often criticized for its lack of objective standards and rigorous scientific validation. On the other hand, cutting-edge techniques for biometric handwriting and signature verification are often perceived as perfect black boxes and are not used by forensic handwriting examiners in their work environment. This paper presents an easy-to-explain yet effective framework to support semi-automatic signature verification in forensic settings. The proposed approach is based on measuring similarities between signatures by applying Dynamic Time Warping on easy-to-derive dynamic features. The goal is to provide forensic handwriting examiners with a decision support tool for making reproducible and less questionable inferences, while being both intuitive and easy to explain. The method is tested on a newly proposed dataset that also takes into account the so-called disguised signatures which are of extreme importance in this scenario.

An easy-to-explain decision support framework for forensic analysis of dynamic signatures

Paolo Mignone;Gennaro Vessio
2021-01-01

Abstract

Forensic handwriting examination is often criticized for its lack of objective standards and rigorous scientific validation. On the other hand, cutting-edge techniques for biometric handwriting and signature verification are often perceived as perfect black boxes and are not used by forensic handwriting examiners in their work environment. This paper presents an easy-to-explain yet effective framework to support semi-automatic signature verification in forensic settings. The proposed approach is based on measuring similarities between signatures by applying Dynamic Time Warping on easy-to-derive dynamic features. The goal is to provide forensic handwriting examiners with a decision support tool for making reproducible and less questionable inferences, while being both intuitive and easy to explain. The method is tested on a newly proposed dataset that also takes into account the so-called disguised signatures which are of extreme importance in this scenario.
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