Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Still searching for the easy way out #plagiarism #cheating

I get regular performance updates from Google about this blog. Even though I have not posted much since I retired, there is still some traffic to this site (26.5K impressions last January). Alas, our old friend plagiarism remains the top attraction for visitors to my blog.

Exactly 10 years ago, I wrote a post: Using Google Translate to Beat Plagiarism Detection Software. In this post I translated an English piece of text from Wikipedia into Spanish, French, Polish, Chinese, and back to English in order to show that trying to cheat using Google Translate would not work. Sadly, I had previously detected this in student assignments. Ten years later, this is still the most popular post in my blog! The top performing query was "how to avoid plagiarism using google translate" - clearly there are still folks searching the Internet to find an easy way out.

ChatGPT is making a lot of news lately. While it is no longer of concern to me, it still saddens me that people could use this to cheat. I'm sure that there are several legitimate uses, but there is obviously the strong temptation to use it for College essays and assignments. I decided to give it a try to see what all the fuss is about, but the site was overloaded! 

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