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Don't panic. If you did nothing wrong, all you need is to explain what you did and everything shall be OK. Based on some similarity metric (computed automatically or spotted by a naked eye), your lecturer or teaching assistant marked your work as a potential case of collusion (working together on individual exams). Now you are invited to a meeting, whose ...


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Basically, if I understand you correctly, you want proof of priority without publishing. Well, this problem is well known from middle-ages and renaissance where people wanted to be able to prove they have the earliest solution without revealing what it is (so that if someone finds it, they can prove they were there first). They often used anagrams, today you ...


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While there are a number of issues with this teaching style, there is no plagiarism because there is no expectation of originality in teaching. He could teach better, probably, but it's not like you can report him for plagiarizing his lecture notes.


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Most often than not, when programmers face a common problem, a common software pattern will emerge. In this case all you need to do is to explain your rationale and defend your choices. If you can explain the rationale behind it, we'll have a better consideration of you and the case will be dismissed right away. Note: This belongs to comment's section. ...


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In Germany this is very common in the undergraduate lectures. Usually we were able to go to the library after the first few lectures, look up all the popular books on the subject and find the one that the lecturer was following. You could then sit with it in the lecture and always predict what was said next. Some lecturers told us which books they were ...


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Focusing just on the mistakes angle. Don't worry about having mistakes in arxiv papers, its a preprint service for a reason people know they are not full reviewed papers so my contain mistakes (not that fully reviewed papers don't also contain mistakes). You can always update the version in the arxiv when you realize a mistake. I usually update my papers ...


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The website you are looking for probably doesn't exist and if it does it's moot because no one will check it. Then if another paper comes along with the same ideas, people will read that paper, not yours. Moreover, even if you have proof, i bet few people will actually care that you came first. (And, pardon my harshness, deservedly so, because you purposedly ...


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Figshare, for one, has the facility to apply an embargo to an item such that the material (e.g. an attached PDF) itself is not visible to the public, though the content description is. The timestamp is in the History section near the bottom of the item page. It looks like it even allows generating a private link for reviewers to access the material, but I've ...


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I have a couple of observations from personal experience. As a grad student, I audited a course in functional analysis. We had a required text for the course. Each day, the professor came into class, opened the book to the appropriate place and started lecturing. In another course, which I actually took, the text was a well-known text on complex projective ...


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If you enclose the text in quotation marks and cite the original source, it is not plagiarism. If it is a list, a quotation makes more sense than paraphrasing.


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Well, it isn't a problem until it's a problem, so don't panic. But, there might be explanations that account for it. They are your friends, so you may have developed similar speech patterns that make the same phrasing natural for all of you. You are in the same class so you might have picked up the phrasing from the professor and used it in the same context. ...


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What you describe sounds very odd. It's hard to know exactly without being party to the conversations (and you don't know exactly what this person is saying to others about your work), but my initial impression is that this is more likely to hurt your friend than you. I also wonder if they're in a good space - it sounds less like someone trying to build a ...


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While common problems have common solutions individual programmers leave individual fingerprints which get copied and can be the hallmarks of cheating. So, for instance: int a ,b; is distinct from int a,b; and int a, b; to a plagiarism program but identical code. Never copy-paste other sources because you will bring these tell-tale fingerprints across. It'...


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You can have this functionality without even trusting the hypothetical public server with any of your data treasure. Free public timestamp authorities (which follow RFC 3161) allow you to timestamp your article so that it is cryptographically provable that the article existed before a certain date (when you requested a timestamp from that particular public ...


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"Loose lips sink ships." They say being copied is the sincerest form of flattery, but it does not pay the bills, doesn't get your name on papers and does not get positions. Be careful what you share and accept that what you share with this person stops being yours. Forget being flattered by being followed - he's not a follower, he is a stalker and ...


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Plagiarism refers to passing off others' ideas as one's own. If you are writing a research paper (researcher) or an assignment (student), there is an expectation that you are articulating your own ideas, unless you specify otherwise. If you are conversing with friends over coffee, less so. Class lectures are somewhere in between. There may be many good ...


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The best way to cover this is to cite the earlier paper in the new one. A citation can be to an "unpublished" work as well as to a published one. Submitting the old paper in the new course would be a violation unless done with explicit permission, but you aren't suggesting that. You are planning to extend the earlier work in a different direction ...


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Yes, it is. When you omit the citation, you are claiming the text as your own. Any time you use the words or ideas of another you need an in-text citation which points to a reference that has enough detail to allow others to find the source. If you are using the exact words, you also need quotation marks.


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If your goal is simply to timestamp the content, then you can create a hash and make that public. That is, you compute a MD5 or SHA hash of your pdf and tweet that, put it on your wikipedia page, or attach it to another arxiv submission. This provides proof that your document existed at that time, without revealing the contents of that document. At a later ...


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arXiv will keep every version on the website, so people can always go back and see what version 1 or version 2 looked like, even when the paper is on it's 5th version (for example). These are some places where you can put your pre-prints, and then replace them without a version history being visible to any outsider: Academia.edu ResearchGate Mendeley ...


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