Abstract

The source retrieval task for plagiarism detection involves the use of a search engine to retrieve candidate sources of plagiarism for a suspicious document and provides a way to efficiently identify candidate documents so that more accurate comparisons can take place. We describe a strategy for source retrieval that makes use of an unsupervised ranking method to rank the results returned by a search engine by their similarity with the query document and that only retrieves documents that are likely to be sources of plagiarism. Evaluation shows the performance of our approach, which achieved the highest F1 score (0.47) among all task participants.