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Determination of writing styles to detect similarities in digital documents

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International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201411:11010128

  • Received: 15 March 2013
  • Accepted: 15 April 2013
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Anything involving human intellect is at risk of being plagiarised. This includes scientific and literary works such as articles, theses, audiovisual works, plans, projects and computer programs. However, this article pays special attention to the existence of this phenomenon in written works in general, and in digital documents in natural or programming languages in particular. The objective of the research is to develop and apply a mathematical model that allows the writing style used in the drafting of texts to be determined. The results obtained from the application of the procedure are intended to serve as the basis for reducing the number of documents that need to be compared in order to analyse and detect similarities in them. The procedure was experimentally applied to a set of articles classified by topic and author, where the writing styles used to draft them differed.


  • writing style
  • digital documents
  • plagiarism
  • procedure