Friday, November 10, 2006

Ohio University doing random sampling for plagiarism

Looking for more plagiarism, Ohio University will pull a random sample of some 1,500 papers submitted since 1980 and then compare them with papers that have similar titles, advisers and departments.

This random sampling probably will take several months because each page of each paper has to be scanned, converted into a text file and run through the software.

"We need to find some way to examine how long this has been going on, and reviewing all of them isn't something we can do," said Dennis Irwin, dean of the College of Engineering. [from]

One notes that this "dragnet" approach is in conflict with sentiments expressed by, among others, the Yale Daily News.


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