Wed, 17 Jul 2002 17:37:44 +0100
Computer Science, Aston University
Can anyone recommend any software to assist in plagarism detection in
Ada 95 programs? We have around 200 students doing initial programming
courses each submitting 5 programming assignments (a few hundred lines
of code each) over the course of 2 semesters.
In the last two years plagarism has become a major problem. Generally
the attempts to disguise the copying are not very sophisticated and
rarely go beyond altering comments and identifiers and changing the
order of declarations.
Occasionally a "pick and mix" strategy is used where students copy
subprograms selected randomly from several different sources. This is
typical in exercises of the form: given a package spec. for an ADT xxxx,
write and test a suitable package body.
Dr. Alan Barnes, MInstP, FRAS
Lecturer in Computer Science
Computer Science Telephone: +44 121 359 3611 Ext. 4663
Aston University E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
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Birmingham B4 7ET WWW: http://www.cs.aston.ac.uk/~barnesa