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February 22, 2024

How to Check for Plagiarism in Python Source Code

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Ensuring academic integrity is simplified with CodeGrade. Our plagiarism detection tool prioritizes code structure over literal text similarities, allowing educators to identify common plagiarism tactics such as altering variable or function names, manipulating documentation, rearranging lines, and adding dummy code. CodeGrade provides educators with the means to cultivate an engaging coding experience while upholding academic integrity.

The global surge in popularity of Python courses at universities and colleges is evident in recent years. Instructors are drawn to its simplified syntax that enables swift prototyping and embraces user-friendly features, positioning it as an optimal introductory language for programming. Beyond traditional programming courses, Python has become a cornerstone in interdisciplinary programs, where educators recognize the essential importance of equipping learners with programming skills. Moreover, Python has solidified its status as a foundational language in various STEM-related disciplines, including data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, thanks to its unmatched flexibility and modularity.

Owing to its versatility across various majors and professions, an escalating number of learners are enrolling in Python courses. Consequently, educators encounter the challenge of upholding academic integrity in Python source code. Detecting plagiarism is crucial not only to prevent the submission of plagiarized source code but also to foster an environment where learners are motivated to learn, practice, and assess their programming skills by submitting original content.

Educators frequently find themselves compelled to bypass plagiarism checks due to the impracticality of manually inspecting every learner submission. The use of separate plagiarism checker tools is deemed too cumbersome, requiring the manual copying and pasting of source code, along with the painstaking parsing of results—an additional burden on educators already grappling with an extensive workload. Consequently, while educators recognize the significance of plagiarism detection, time constraints often hinder their ability to address this concern adequately.

With CodeGrade, educators can seamlessly conduct plagiarism checks on Python source code with just a single click. Integration with popular learning management systems like Canvas, Blackboard, Brightspace, Moodle, and Open edX allows CodeGrade to directly consider all source code during the plagiarism check. The results are effortlessly accessible through your LMS, featuring an intuitive side-by-side comparison view. CodeGrade's plagiarism detection extends beyond Python, encompassing Jupyter Notebooks and essential packages like Numpy or Scipy. It supports a wide array of programming languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, PHP, R, Scala, and JavaScript. Elevate your plagiarism detection process with the efficiency and versatility of CodeGrade.

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CodeGrade's python plagiarism detection

Distinguishing itself from other plagiarism detection tools, CodeGrade's plagiarism checker is designed specifically for source code. Unlike tools that merely identify literal similarities in text, CodeGrade goes a step further by inspecting code structure after parsing and translating the code. Notably, it empowers instructors by enabling the upload of template code for customization, allowing for the exclusion or inclusion of third-party source code in the plagiarism check. This advanced functionality equips CodeGrade to adeptly identify instances of learners attempting common plagiarism tactics, such as:

  • Changing variable or function names
  • Adding or deleting documentation
  • Reordering lines
  • Inserting dummy code

Plagiarism detection is just one facet of CodeGrade's comprehensive toolkit tailored for computer science education and other disciplines focused on programming instruction. Beyond our plagiarism checker, CodeGrade has a robust autograder, providing seamless evaluation of learners’ code. Furthermore, our platform provides educators with a dedicated space to create a versatile range of quizzes, cultivating an interactive learning environment for their learners. CodeGrade empowers educators with access to a multifaceted suite of tools that not only enrich their pedagogical approach but also streamline assessment processes effectively. To delve deeper into our plagiarism detection tool and explore how we can support your course, book a demo here.  Wishing you and your learners a rewarding coding experience. Until next time! 🐤

Kendra Hare

Kendra Hare

Marketing Specialist
Meet Kendra, a whiskey and coffee aficionado, whose rich background in higher education infuses a unique blend of experiences and perspectives. As our marketing specialist, she ensures CodeGrade's mission reaches and impacts a wide audience.

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