What is cheat detection?

What are the hidden character and special character alerts?

The cheat detection feature is able to find characters that have been included in text with the intention to cheat the plagiarism scans. There are two possible types of manipulated text that can be detected and an alert will be shown in the similarity report.

Character Replacement

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Character Replacement is when characters have been added, replaced, or changed in order to cheat or deceive the system with the intent of cheating the plagiarism checker. This is a common technique used when trying to submit text that is nearly identical, but they may have replaced some letters from another language throughout the text. 

To the human eye, these characters are undetectable, but when it is in a .txt format our system can find characters that do not belong. This is a common technique used to disguise plagiarism. 

This happens when a foreign character is used in place of what we would consider a letter in the Latin alphabet. This is a common technique used when trying to submit text that is nearly identical but some letters have been replaced with characters from a different alphabet throughout the text. 

We recommend checking the document and inspecting the text that has text with different characters that do not match the rest of the text.  

 

Hidden Characters

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A suspected hidden character error will appear when our system detects that there are possible "white" characters placed throughout the text. We suspect that white characters are put in the text in order to hide possible cheating. 

To the human eye, these characters are undetectable but when it is in a txt format our system can find characters that do not belong. This is a common technique used to disguise plagiarism. 

This can be caused by very small changes with the text or even images throughout the block of text. 

 

How to Check if There is Hidden Text

We recommend checking the document and inspecting the text that has been identified as hidden. This can be done by viewing the text in a .txt format. You can review the .txt format against the visual file (ie .doc) and see if there are any discrepancies.  

 

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