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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@apache.org>
Subject Re: An anti-plagiarism tool for GSoC Was: [pulse] A lab or an incubator?
Date Thu, 05 Mar 2009 16:34:27 GMT
2009/3/3 Robert Burrell Donkin <robertburrelldonkin@gmail.com>:
> On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 11:46 AM, Alexei Fedotov
> <alexei.fedotov@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello folks,
>>
>> I want to know your opinion concerning the following matter. Recently
>> I asked if one knows a free anti-plagiarism for scanning my project
>> before an incubation. There was no answer if one knew.
>>
>> I think of suggesting this task for GSoC. One may use Google code
>> search for detecting suspicious comments and code constructs in new
>> contributions. The code search allows using of regular expressions,
>> which allows whitespace and variable name differences to be neglected
>> during comparison. What do you think?
>
> this is - i think - nearly in scope for RAT
>
> opinions?

I think this is a great idea. There are some tools out there that look
for cut and paste code in order to help in refactoring. It would be
interesting to do an initial search using Google Code, Koders and
other such repositories. When a possible match is found we could then
check-out the full project and use an existing tool to do a more
thorough analysis. I'm not suggesting the latter should be part of a
GSoC proposal, just indicating that this could be further developed.

+1 for a proposal.

Ross

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