We are handing in our code as a university assignment. all the students get as much help as possible from each other and we even have some similar codes (please bare in mind that this is our first time writing a code) , however, the lecturer has mentioned that students are not allowed to copy each others work or even get help, he claims he has a very good software that checks and finds out if people cheated. i was wondering how the program works (i.e. if it looks at the name of the variables or the structure etc) and if it is possible to trick it (not that i have copied from anyone ) just out of curiosity.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
> all the students get as much help as possible from each
> students are not allowed to copy each others work or even get help
So, which of these contradictions is actually true?
> and if it is possible to trick it
It would be amusing if the effort put into avoiding detection was more than the effort to produce your own genuine work in the first place.
students are not allowed but they do it anyway.
you may be write about the effort wasted but that still doesnt satisfy my curiosity :)
what would work:
change the name of the variables?
add unneccessary space?
change the structure?
I think the best way would be to reorder the instructions, use different control structures and use different variable names.
But then you could try to come up with your own solution as well. ( and tha's propably the best, you would even learn something )
If I remember correctly, my algorithms and data structures professor last semester used Moss or something like it to attempt to detect plagiarism in our Java programs.
I did not share my code with anyone, though I was rather free with tips on how to solve problems. Nonetheless I was accused of plagiarism. My supposed partner in crime was claimed to have collaborated with at least five others.
The best part is that none of the members of this supposed cheating cartel had met, not even via online means. We must have engaged in a group psychic exercise :p
Of course, the prof had to agree that none of us cheated. The moral of the story? Do your own homework.