What's up with Indians?
Good on you for all you did, Stob. I am not from a CS background, I'm a biologist. And I can tell this is common in our field too. I've seen data that is cut and pasted from part of one figure to another figure in published papers, but with the name of the organism swapped. I wasn't actively looking for it, but it was so obvious that it drew my attention; even the artifacts of image compression were identical from one figure to the other. Falsified data.
Now on to the Indians. I give an evolution and phylogenetics class a couple times a year in the uni here, for a couple of graduate courses on software and algorithms applied to biology. In the four or five years I've done this, twice I have managed to detect cases of academic dishonesty. One was a copy/paste of a couple of paragraphs from some PDF on the web to homework - the idiot didn't even change the number to reflect the exercise itself, and the answer would have been wrong anyway even if he had, because the paragraphs had nothing to do with the question. Easy to detect, because did the stupid PhD (!) student think that nobody would notice that a student does not write like that, and that content? I immediately googled it and there was not even change from the original sentences. Another case was not plagiarism (at least not of the same type), but one student doing the homework, and two other, late (but I let them submit it anyway, because I'm so nice :-), copying the files and all from the one who did the work. The idiots did not notice that the output files included time stamps with the date and time, up to the second, when the program was run. In eight different files. Hehe. They just slightly edited the file names and thought I would not notice.
Anyway, all that to say that they were all Indians. Anecdote, of course. Funny thing is that I was describing these cases to a couple of faculty guys, without giving names or anything. And one of them, director of the center, quickly asked: "were they Indian". That surprised me, but he told that they (the center) has to give them a sort of "ethics in academia and research" or the like when they enter school. The Indians seem to think it is perfectly fine to go around plagiarizing and copying like that, apparently. Seems to be some cultural thing, I guess. I would never had guessed, and thought it was just coincidence that my two instances of dishonesty involved only Indians... Well, keep an eye out for them -- but don't forget the other students either! :-)
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