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ThinkMind // DBKDA 2011, The Third International Conference on Advances in Databases, Knowledge, and Data Applications // View article dbkda_2011_7_20_30040


IMA: Identification of Multi-author Student Assignment Submissions Using a Data

Authors:
Kathryn Burn-Thornton
Tim Burman

Keywords: plagiarism; data mining.

Abstract:
In this paper, we describe a novel application of data mining techniques which can be used to identify multiauthorship contained within student submissions. We show that by regarding the pages of the submission as a set of Cascading Style Sheets, CSS type files, which we call author signature styles (ASSs), and accompanying information, it is possible to identify the number of author signature styles contained within the page, or document, irrespective of the number of pages concerned. We also describe how, as a byproduct of this work, a set of author signature styles (ASSs) can be created during investigation of each submission and hence be used as a library, containing increasing membership, for comparison with future submissions by the same student. The implications of the use of ASSs for identification of future suspect submissions, and for comparison with future submissions by the same student, are discussed.

Pages: 136 to 141

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2011

Publication date: January 23, 2011

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4332

ISBN: 978-1-61208-115-1

Location: St. Maarten, The Netherlands Antilles

Dates: from January 23, 2011 to January 28, 2011

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