Monday, May 9, 2011

Visualizing Plagiarism

Two interesting themes here:  1) Information irresponsibility (specifically, plagiarism), and 2) data visualization.

The image color-codes each page of the doctoral dissertation of former German defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who recently resigned in response to allegations that he plagiarized much of it. 


  • One vertical bar per page.
  • Horizontal axis:  Page numbers
  • White bar:  Page on which no plagiarism has been found.
  • Black bar:  Page on which plagiarism from a single source was found.
  • Red bar: Page on which plagiarism from multiple sources was found.
  • Blue bar:  Table of contents and appendices, excluded from the analysis.



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