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Measuring Whitespace Pattern Sequences as an Indication of Plagiarism

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DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2012.54029    3,166 Downloads   5,657 Views Citations

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There are several methods and technologies for comparing the statements, comments, strings, identifiers, and other visible elements of source code in order to efficiently identify similarity. In a prior paper we found that comparing the whitespace patterns was not precise enough to identify copying by itself. However, several possible methods for improving the precision of a whitespace pattern comparison were presented, the most promising of which was an examination of the sequences of lines with matching whitespace patterns. This paper demonstrates a method of evaluating the sequences of matching whitespace patterns and a detailed study of the method’s reliability.

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N. Baer and R. Zeidman, "Measuring Whitespace Pattern Sequences as an Indication of Plagiarism," Journal of Software Engineering and Applications, Vol. 5 No. 4, 2012, pp. 249-254. doi: 10.4236/jsea.2012.54029.

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