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The Influence of Gender on Ability to Simulate Handwritten Signatures: A Study of Arabic Writers*
Article first published online: 6 APR 2011
© 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 56, Issue 4, pages 950–953, July 2011
How to Cite
Al-Musa Alkahtani, A. and Platt, A. W. G. (2011), The Influence of Gender on Ability to Simulate Handwritten Signatures: A Study of Arabic Writers. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 56: 950–953. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01758.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 6 APR 2011
- Received 18 Jan. 2010; and in revised from 24 May 2010; accepted 19 June 2010.
- forensic science;
- Arabic signature simulation;
- statistical analysis
Abstract: This study investigates whether a writer’s gender can be determined from an inspection of simulated signatures written in the Arabic alphabet or Arabic abjad. It is generally believed that the penmanship of female writers is superior to male writers. There is also reason to expect that superiority in writing skill might contribute to success in simulating the signatures of other writers. Simulated signatures produced by a large population of male (414) and female (312) Arabic writers were graded, and the results were statistically analyzed. Women were found to have a marginal advantage simulating all elements of the signatures, but there was no statistically significant difference between the genders on any of the elements examined.