Interpreting Results of Uploaded Documents

There are 4 modes but only 3 of them -- Similarity, Content Tracking and Largest Matches -- display different views. The Summary report and the Similarity report are identical except for the fact that the summary report does not display sources side-by-side with the document and instead displays the matching sources above the document.

Similarity View

The Similarity Report is the default mode in which to view an iThenticate report. The Similarity Report basically shows you the best matches to sources in our repositories for the document. Even if the matches may be the best matches our system identifies it does not by any means mean that they are the only sources found for those particular matches or that the whole source’s matching text is displayed.

For example let’s say that a document is 401 words long and that Source A has 2 matches found for the document of 123 words and 40 words. Source A technically matches to approximately 40% of the document. Let’s say that there is a second source that has a single match of 82 words to the document that contains the same 40 words of Source A’s second match. Source B would be considered to match 20% of the document but the similarity report finds the best matches so it would display match 1 (123 words) from Source A and match 1 (82 words) of Source B. Source A would be displayed as a 30% match to the document since its second match is contained in a larger better match from Source B.

Content Tracking View

The content tracking mode using the same source information in the previous example would show two sources in the source list, revealing the total matching words and match percentage for each source. Source A would show 170 words and 42% similarity, while Source B would show 82 words and a 20% similarity. A main difference with the Content Tracking report is that it only shows the matching text within the document for the selected source from the source list.

Largest Matches View

The Largest Matches report mode using the same source example would look for the source with the largest match. Therefore it would display in the source list Source A as a 41% match and display the full 165 words and then show Source B as a 10% match and show the 40 words that does not overlap with Source A.

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