Accepting the Unacceptable: Why Percentages are not your Friend
James Bennett‘s speech about the text-matching systems and their correct use.
Speech at 3rd international conference Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond 2017 (24th-26th May 2017, Brno, Czech Republic).
Length: 20 minutes
James Bennet from URKUND explains the need to use the text-matching systems consistently and correctly. Emphasising the need of proper interpretation of the reports from the systems, and shortcomings of the percentages.
(from the presentation linked to this material)
- Percentages are absolute, except when they are not.
- There is no magical percentage.
- There can be no magical percentage.
- Even if there were a magical percentage, its value cannot be decided by a computer or a plagiarism detection provider.
- Using arbitrary percentages to decide whether an essay is acceptable or not is itself unacceptable to the teacher, the student and the subject.
- Percentages are not your friend!