I am referring to the news item here.
Here's the whole issue, given a black and white video with mute sound, is it possible to tell that the actor 99.99% resembles a certain prominent figure? In the article it says that:
Shafee further said that according to the June 4 report by professors Hany Farid and Lorenzo Torresani from Dartmouth College there is a 99.99 percent match of the male in the video clip to a known photo of Anwar based on facial recognition analysis.
But to my layman judgement, it think it is quite amazing that one can readily identify someone to such a degree of precision in a black and white video.
So, how did the experts manage to arrive at the 99.99% conclusion?
Edit: From my research, it seems that Hany Farid is a pioneer in digital forensics, the detection of doctored photos. Matching a face in a video to a photograph doesn't seem like his expertise. A red flag.
Edit 2: It should be remarked that, the 99.99% remark is based on a secondary report from a guy name Shafee (not exactly the most impartial guy on earth, I must add), and so far Hany and Lorenzo have been silenced on this. How much can I trust a second-hand report from a biased party who has a political agenda behind him?