Turnitoff: identifying and fixing a hole in current plagiarism detection software
Heather, JA (2010) Turnitoff: identifying and fixing a hole in current plagiarism detection software Journal of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35 (6). 647 - 660. ISSN 0260-2938
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2010.486471
In recent times, plagiarism detection software has become popular in universities and colleges, in an attempt to stem the tide of plagiarised student coursework. Such software attempts to detect any copied material and identify its source. The most popular such software is Turnitin, a commercial system used by thousands of institutions in more than 100 countries. Here, we show how to fix a loophole in Turnitin's current plagiarism detection process. We demonstrate that, in its current incarnation, one can easily create a document that passes the plagiarism check regardless of how much copied material it contains; we then show how to improve the system to avoid such attacks.
|Additional Information:||This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35(6), 647-660 (2010). Journal of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02602938.2010.486471.|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Computing Science|
|Deposited By:||Symplectic Elements|
|Deposited On:||27 Jun 2012 13:19|
|Last Modified:||16 Feb 2013 16:39|
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