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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 17:37:44 +0100
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Organization: Computer Science, Aston University
From: Alan Barnes <[log in to unmask]>
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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.

Thanks
Alan Barnes

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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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