Discovering Code Cloning In Software Source Code By Fingerprinting

Source code, such as released under an open source license, is often reused, either unmodified, or with (slight) modifications. Unmodified verbatim reuse can easily be detected by computing checksums of files and comparing these to a list of known checksums from a knowledgebase. Modified source code reuse can be detected using a number of techniques often referred to as “code clone detection” in scientific literature.

Publication Date
20 October 2014

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