Re: Comparing 2 programs...

Xavier Leroy <>
22 Sep 1998 14:36:08 -0400

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From: Xavier Leroy <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 22 Sep 1998 14:36:08 -0400
Organization: INRIA Rocquencourt, projet Cristal
References: 98-09-095
Keywords: tools, comment

Gerald Strout <> writes:

> I also need a program that will compare structure. I know Berkeley
> and others have made one, but I can't find it for the life of me.
> [There are text comparison programs, but if there's something that can
> tell you how similar two independently written programs are, it's news
> to me. -John]

See Alexander Aiken's MOSS (Measure Of Software Similarity) program,
which he developed to detect plagiarism in programming classes:


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four years of university, flunking them out if they work together.
Then we send them into industry where we bemoan their inability to
work well as teams. -John]

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