Stealing someone else’s thoughts and ideas and representing them as your own, may not sound as serious in theory as it sounds in real life. Plagiarism, a method that may deem fit for people who are too lazy (or maybe not so creative) to write their work on original grounds, has been a topic of hot discussion for years. Let it be Hellen Keller’s “The Frost King” (no it’s not about the Night’s King in GoT, but about king Jack Frost), which was found to have reproductions from the “Frost Fairies” by Margaret Canby; or the instance where Dan Brown was sued by historians Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, for bearing plagiarized central themes from their book. If they had had Emma at their assistance, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh would have realized that their claims against Dan Brown were not true. By the way, did I tell you about Emma?

Computer science professor Aleksandr Marchenko, has created the first publically available AI bot that would help decide whether a particular piece of writing is authentic or not. In simple words, the AI bot Emma, formally known as Emma Identity, would help detect plagiarism.

According to the CEO Aleksandr Marchenko, “To run the check, one needs to upload a text of at least 5,000 words by one author. Then Emma analyzes and learns the author’s writing style, and can determine whether all the subsequent texts you upload belong to the same author. The technology will render its verdict in the form of a percentage.”

Emma‘s authorship determining technology makes use of natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning along with of stylometry. Using these and 50 other math parameters, it would be able to judge the author of a writing, with up to 85 percent accuracy.

While the list of potential users can vary, Marchenko believes that Emma will be of great use as an anti-plagiarism tool in schools, colleges, and universities. While Historians can use it to know about true writers of a particular text and upcoming newbies in writing can check to make sure their work doesn’t draw inspirational text (in literal sense) from someone else’s book; meanwhile you, just for fun, can check by teaching her and uploading a bunch of sample texts. After all, it just takes 5000 words for Emma to judge you.

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Apoorv Agarwal
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