Plagiarism Detection Research Group
We have developed some novel text processing techniques which have proven extremely effective in detecting even very small amounts of plagiarism. The Ferret software can detect copying in text documents and in programming code; it can quickly alert you to any pair of documents in a pile of coursework that you need to look at more closely.
The Ferret version 4 release is now available (just click on this text on our Web page to download it completely free of charge: installation is straightforward). This version includes automatic conversion of MS Word and pdf files. A manual for version 4 is also available.
Version 3 of Ferret was demonstrated at the 2006 Plagiarism Conference. This is a much improved version which has been totally rewritten by Peter Lane. A paper describing the demonstration is also available.
JunPeng Bao, a Royal Society Visiting Fellow from Xi'an Jiaotong University in the People's Republic of China, has done some work on incorporating the Chinese language into Ferret. Prelimiary work indicated that because of the way the Ferret algorithm operates, this would be relatively easy to do; indeed it was, and some screen shots show the difference between Chinese text where some copied text has been detected and dissimilar Chinese text.
If you have any comments on our software, or any contributions to make regarding the detection of plagiarism or these webpages feel free to drop us a line.
Previous versions of Ferret are still available.
The web page of Caroline Lyon has links to some of our publications.
This page is shamelessly plagiarised from the home page of the neural networks group by James A. Malcolm.
Created about 8th September 2000; last modification 4th July 2006
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