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The report FIMU-RS-2008-04

Distributed System for Discovering Similar Documents

by Jan Kasprzak, Michal Brandejs, Miroslav Křipac, Pavel ©merk, A full version of the paper presented at the ICEIS 2008 converence ( July 2008, 14 pages.

FIMU-RS-2008-04. Available as Postscript, PDF.


One of the drawbacks of e-learning methods such as Web-based submission and evaluation of students` papers and essays is that it has become easier for students to plagiarize the work of other people. In this paper we present a computer-based system for discovering similar documents, which has been in use at Masaryk University in Brno since August 2006, and which will also be used in the forthcoming Czech national archive of graduate theses. We also focus on practical aspects of this system: achieving near real-time response to newly imported documents, and computational feasibility of handling large sets of documents on commodity hardware. We also show the possibilities and problems with parallelization of this system for running on a distributed cluster of computers.

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