The Influence of Text Pre-processing on Plagiarism Detection

The Influence of Text Pre-processing on Plagiarism Detection

This paper explores the influence of text pre-processing techniques on plagiarism detection. We examine stop-word removal, lemmatization, number replacement, synonymy recognition, and word generalization. We also look into the influence of punctuation and word-order within N-grams. All these techniques are evaluated according to their impact on F1-measure and speed of execution. Our experiments were performed on a Czech corpus of plagiarized documents about politics. At the end of this paper, we propose what we consider to be the best combination of text pre-processing techniques.

Keywords: Plagiarism, Copy Detection, Natural Language Processing, Stop-words, Lemmatization, Synonymy, WordNet, Thesaurus

Year: 2009

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Authors of this publication:

Zden─Ťk ─îe┼íka


Zden─Ťk has been working for various international companies in the field of Software Engineering. He has earned Master's Degree and PhD's Degree in the field of Computer Science and Engineering. His research interests include Mathematics & Algorithmization, Plagiarism Detection, Multilingual Processing, Text Classification, and other related fields.

Chris Fox


Chris is a reader at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex. His research focuses on the philosophy of language and formal semantics.

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