Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: False positives can be double-checked manually (Score 2, Insightful) 296

by wrinkledshirt (#11079679) Attached to: Google To Digitize Much of Harvard's Library
The professor can just wait until the match comes up, and then double-check at that point.

You'd want to do a thorough overview of any potential instance of cheating anyway. A quick run-through would determine whether or not a paper happened to contain an identical sentence clause or three identical paragraphs.

I think the bigger problem would be the second one you described -- that students could plagiarize and then go through each paragraph, changing the wording slightly so as to avoid positive matches. Still, you could argue that this is pretty much what academics is anyway, just with footnotes and a bibliography.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

Working...