[plt-scheme] Similarity checking

From: John Clements (clements at brinckerhoff.org)
Date: Sun Jan 25 13:02:02 EST 2009

On Jan 25, 2009, at 9:30 AM, Ivanyi Peter wrote:

> Hi all,
> Maybe someone has developed a code or concept that I could use.
> I teach quite a few students.
> They have to write tests and hand in homeworks. It seems to me
> that nowadays it is a tendency, that they track down who has the
> same problem and they share the results, the programs.
> (Recently I have seen quite a few high tech to do this.)
> They are smart to change for example the variable names and
> some bits, but of course not the whole program. So I would like
> some help from a program and check automatically the handed in
> programs for plagiarism or similarity.
> Is there any code which can compare Scheme programs? Or maybe
> compares programs with a subset of Scheme?
> Has anybody heard or thought about it?
> I am thinking along the line to parse in the program to have some
> binary tree, but I am not sure how to do "fuzzy"-style comparison
> on them.
> I would appreciate any suggestion.

Check out Alex Aiken's "MOSS" (measure of software similarity)  
system.  I've used it successfully for several years. It does pretty  
much exactly what you describe.

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