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The internet speeded up plagiarism without changing it

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And AI is not a simple fix:

Are sophisticated programs to detect plagiarism the long-sought answer? Not really, according to an analyst of fifteen years’ experience with them.

Deborah Weber-Wolff notes that algorithm-based systems produce results that are “are often hard to interpret, difficult to navigate, and sometimes just wrong,” including false positives and false negatives. But a second opinion is rarely sought. If the system produces an “originality score,” evaluators may ignore signals of plagiarism that were not detected by the algorithm, such as an abrupt change in style. Mind Matters

We’re still looking for the system that is smarter than anyone who will come along and invent another, smarter system.

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