—Plagiarism is the act of copying someone else work
without acknowledging the person. Various plagiarism tools
exist for natural and programming languages to check if the
offence has been committed. This paper discusses the use of
plagiarism tools for automated assessment of student java
programs. Automated assessment involves evaluating or
assessing student’s work automatically with the aid of computer.
Plagiarism tools are utilized for finding similarity between
teacher and student solution. In order to test if the existing tools
for source code plagiarism detection can be used to find
similarity between student and teacher solutions and how the
tools behave in case of different structural and lexical
modifications, two of the existing tools; JPlag and Ferret were
used to test teacher’s solutions with students’ solutions. JPlag
was further explored with larger testbed, however variations in
the results were observed making it difficult to conclude the
usage of existing Plagiarism tool for automated assessment.
—Automated assessment, plagiarism tools, JPlag,
Sonal Jain and Mayuri Singhal are with the Department of Computer
Science & Engineering, Institute of Engineering and Technology, JK
Lakshmipat University, Jaipur, Rajasthan (e-mail:
Axita Shah is with Elegant Microweb pvt. Ltd, Ahmedabad, India (e-mail:
Cite: Sonal Jain, Mayuri Singhal, and Axita Shah, "Exploring the Usage of Existing Plagiarism Tools for Automated Student Assessment for Java Program," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 219-223, 2016.