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Linguists Identified Nick Szabo as the Most Likely Creator of Bitcoin

Based on the study by a team of forensic linguists from Aston University in Birmingham of the United Kingdom, Nick Szabo, a well-known blogger in regard to his research in the field of digital currency, could be most likely to be mysterious founder of Bitcoin, the popular digital currency at present.


Bitcoin-based coin. Image credit: CASASCIUS / CC BY 3.0.

As currency specially designed for the Internet, Bitcoin could allow users to purchase goods and enjoy services online. It is thought that such payment system would be easier and safer in management of transmitting money than by the more traditional means. When you turn to Bitcoin for purchase goods and service, it means that you would avoid using credit card, foreign exchange or cash handling fees.

In 2008, the concept of Bitcoin was first mentioned in a paper published under the nickname Satoshi Nakamoto. In its edition of March 2014, magazine Newsweek claimed that Dorian S. Nakamoto a 64-year-old engineer is the main author of that paper.

However, the latest linguistic study, called as Project Bitcoin, has posed the challenge against this claim. It has examined the linguistic similarities between such Bitcoin paper and the writing of 11 individuals who are also thought to be possible authors, such as Dorian S. Nakamoto, Vili Lehdonvirta, Michael Clear, Shinichi Mochizuki, Gavin Andresen, Nick Szabo, Jed McCaleb, Dustin D. Trammel, Hal Finney, Wei Dai, and Neal King, Vladimir Oksman & Charles Bry.

After careful comparison, the study demonstrated that of these eleven possible authors, Nick Szabo is regarded to be the closest match by far in terms of a large number of unique linguistic traits found in both the Bitcoin paper and the blogs and other writings by Nick Szabo.

The distinctive linguistic trait includes the use the phrases like  “chain of…”, “for our purposes”, “trusted third parties”, “need for…”, “such as”, “still”, “of course”, “as long as”, and “only” for so many times as well as contractions, commas before ‘and’ and ‘but’, hyphenation, ‘-ly’ adverbs, the pronouns ‘we’ and ‘our’ in papers by a single author; fragmented sentences following colons and reflexive (-self) pronouns.

According to Dr Jack Grieve of AstonUniversity, the leader of the study, their study has given remarkable evidence in favor of Nick Szabo, who is an expert in cryptography, finance, and law as well as computer science. Nick Szabo created ‘bit gold’, a previous term referring to Bitcoin, and was seeking for potential cooperators in 2008.

In their study, the team led by Dr Jack Grieve has found that the number of linguistic similarities between writing of Nick Szabo and the Bitcoin paper is mysterious; none of the other possible authors were anywhere near as good of a match.

And they are quite confident that out of the list of people often referred to as possibilities, Nick Szabo is the key author of the paper, although they are unable to deny any possibility that others has made their contributions in this respect.

In examination of the hundreds of documents written by the 11 possible authors, including more than Nick Szabo’s academic papers available on his personal website, the team expressed its doubt about the fact that the most-cited textual feature of the Bitcoin paper contained double spaces after full stops.

As the Bitcoin paper was drafted by application of Latex, an open source document preparation system. Without the base .tex for the Bitcoin paper, which is unavailable now, researchers could not be in the position of confirm whether the author double spaces between sentences, but in fact, the study showed that Nick Szabo had used Latex to publish all his writings.

Source: Sci-news.