Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 4th International Conference, ICDF2C 2012, Lafayette, IN, USA, October 25-26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

On Improving Authorship Attribution of Source Code

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-39891-9_4,
        author={Matthew Tennyson},
        title={On Improving Authorship Attribution of Source Code},
        proceedings={Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 4th International Conference, ICDF2C 2012, Lafayette, IN, USA, October 25-26, 2012, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ICDF2C},
        year={2013},
        month={10},
        keywords={authorship attribution software forensics plagiarism detection},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-39891-9_4}
    }
    
  • Matthew Tennyson
    Year: 2013
    On Improving Authorship Attribution of Source Code
    ICDF2C
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-39891-9_4
Matthew Tennyson1,*
  • 1: Bradley University
*Contact email: mtennyson@bradley.edu

Abstract

Authorship attribution of source code is the task of deciding who wrote a program, given its source code. Applications include software forensics, plagiarism detection, and determining software ownership. A number of methods for the authorship attribution of source code have been proposed. This paper presents an overview and critique of the state of the art in the field. An independent comparative study is presented using an unprecedented experimental design and data set, as well as proposals for improvements and future work.