Plagiarism is a Big ProblemComputer Science is prone to plagiarism due tothe ease of which code can be copied andseemingly altered.Students copying other students code createsgap in their knowledge in higher level CScourses.Harder to detect plagiarism in computer codeas opposed to written language due to variablenames being arbitrary.
Supports Java, C#, C, C++, Scheme, andnatural language.Looks at frequency of certain keywords.Free but need to create an account and be amember of an educational institute.
Enter ScrutinyBased off the same concept as Moss.Will allow for comparison of not just batchassignments but previous assignments.Allow for ignoring instructor distributed codewhile running comparisons.Able to have a database of open sourceprojects and projects from other sources topromote better detection of copied work.
Where Is It?At the start of the summer the code to generatefingerprints for files was inherited from RobEscriva.Code to run an all to all comparison forsubmitted files.Code to generate html files with similaritiesbetween documents highlighted.
Wheres it Going? thBy July 8 support for ignoring instructorprovided code. ndBy July 22 a functional databaseimplementation will be completed.By the end of the month support for runningagainst back assignments will be completed.August will be spent adding several opensource projects to the database andfunctionality to be hosted on a server.