The system is intended to be used by instructors to detect plagiarism acts among students.
Early attempts to detect plagiarism were usually based on feature comparison.
To date, MOSS has been mainly used in detecting plagiarism in software programs.
The "Yet Another Plague (YAP)"  series of tools are based on the Plague plagiarism detection tool.
On the other hand, if a student copy is only a part of another student's program, the attribute-counting-metric systems will not be able to detect plagiarism .
11) Blackmore was to retaliate against Dryden through his own means, but the air having been charged with allegations of plagiarism, he took up accusations of just this sort in prosecuting another literary feud, this time with Samuel Garth.
Having established the felonious nature of plagiarists, Blackmore then cites Garth as an offender of exactly this kind, a writer who has in fact compounded the obloquy of plagiarism by stealing his poem The Dispensary from a specifically French source, Boileau's Le Lutrin: 'Felonious Garth pursuing this Design, | Smuggles French Wit, as others Silks and Wine' (ll.
His own role in the affair he characterizes as dispensing justice to Garth, as against the injustice or 'prejudice' of the plagiarism slur.
It was no doubt mainly on Garth's behalf that Pope felt aggrieved, but he may also have been a little discomfited by the supposition that the slur of plagiarism might be inevitable for anyone composing a mock-heroic poem, as Garth had done.
Few of Pope's poems over the course of his lifetime were to escape the accusation of plagiarism.
Characteristically a solitary initiative that surfaces somewhat unpredictably and arises where least expected, plagiarism is an accelerating societal and worldwide trend.
Although many institutions of higher education have adopted a "gotcha" mentality (19) toward plagiarism tracking, that approach is antithetical to the goals of professional military education and a potential threat to national security.
Because plagiarism frequently surfaces as a murky phenomenon open to multiple interpretations from diverse perspectives, adjudication is likewise difficult.
21) Depending upon the magnitude of the offense, institutional response may include working closely with the student to address and correct the problem, allowing the student to voluntarily withdraw from the degree program, or empaneling an Academic Review Board (ARB) to conduct a formal plagiarism inquiry.
A more sound approach, consistent with long-term national security interests, would be to treat plagiarism identified prior to graduation as an issue of professional competence.