JUCS - Journal of Universal Computer Science 21(13): 1708-1725, doi: 10.3217/jucs-021-13-1708
Cross-Language Source Code Re-Use Detection Using Latent Semantic Analysis
expand article infoEnrique Flores, Alberto Barrón-Cedeño§, Lidia Moreno, Paolo Rosso|
‡ Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain§ Qatar Computing Research Institute, Soha, Qatar| Technical University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
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Nowadays, Internet is the main source to get information from blogs, encyclopedias, discussion forums, source code repositories, and more resources which are available just one click away. The temptation to re-use these materials is very high. Even source codes are easily available through a simple search on the Web. There is a need of detecting potential instances of source code re-use. Source code re-use detection has usually been approached comparing source codes in their compiled version. When dealing with cross-language source code re-use, traditional approaches can deal only with the programming languages supported by the compiler. We assume that a source code is a piece of text ,with its syntax and structure, so we aim at applying models for free text re-use detection to source code. In this paper we compare a Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) approach with previously used text re-use detection models for measuring cross-language similarity in source code. The LSA-based approach shows slightly better results than the other models, being able to distinguish between re-used and related source codes with a high performance.
cross-language re-use detection, source code, plagiarism, latent semantic analysis