Veritaps: Truth estimation from mobile interaction

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We introduce the concept of Veritaps: a communication layer to help users identify truths and lies in mobile input. Existing lie detection research typically uses features not suitable for the breadth of mobile interaction. We explore the feasibility of detecting lies across all mobile touch interaction using sensor data from commodity smartphones. We report on three studies in which we collect discrete, truth-labelled mobile input using swipes and taps. The studies demonstrate the potential of using mobile interaction as a truth estimator by employing features such as touch pressure and the inter-tap details of number entry, for example. In our final study, we report an F1-score of:98 for classifying truths and:57 for lies. Finally we sketch three potential future scenarios of using lie detection in mobile applications; as a security measure during online log-in, a trust layer during online sale negotiations, and a tool for exploring self-deception.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems : Engage with CHI
Number of pages12
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2018
Article number561
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018


Conference2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018

    Research areas

  • Deception, Dishonesty, Lie detection, Mobile input, Polygraph, Smartphones

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