Plagiarism + AI Content Detection: FAQs

What is the difference between the Plagiarism Score and the AI content detection percentage? Are they completely separate, or do they influence one another?

The Plagiarism Score and the AI detection percentage are independent and do not influence one another.

  • The Plagiarism Score is the generated score indicating the percentage of identical, minor changed or paraphrased text found within a scanned document when compared against the database, trillions of webpages, open-source journals, and more.
  • The AI detection percentage pertains to the overall potential AI content detected within the scanned text.

Both percentages will display under program applications.

How is the plagiarism percentage calculated?

The plagiarism percentage is also known as the aggregate score. This aggregate score represents the percentage of words from the original text that have been copied from at least one source.

You can also find individual similarity percentages for each result, representing the percentage of the original text found in a result.

What are the different types of text similarity in plagiarism detection?

  • Identical - 1 to 1 exact word matches, highlighted in red
  • Minor changes - words hold nearly the same meaning but have a change to their form (example: “large” becomes “largely”), highlighted in light red
  • Paraphrased - different words that hold the same meaning replace the original content (example: "large" becomes "big"), highlighted in yellow
  • Omitted - the portion of text that is not being scanned for plagiarism based on the scan settings. (example: the ignore quotations setting is enabled and the document is 20% quotations = the omitted words percentage is 20%), unhighlighted

Can Kaleidoscope detect paraphrased content?

Our system is able to detect identical and similar content and in some cases paraphrased content. The algorithm currently can pick up paraphrasing that has specific restructuring along with similar word choices and phrasing.

However, since paraphrased text can be manipulated in a variety of ways, sometimes algorithms are not able to catch all of it. In these instances, to avoid false positives, we will not always show the paraphrased content as a result. Paraphrased content is highlighted in yellow.

What does the AI content detection percentage indicator mean?

The AI content detection percentage shares the amount of qualifying text within a submission that the AI Content Detector has determined was generated by AI, with 99.12% accuracy.

What languages can Kaleidoscope detect AI content in?

Kaleidoscope's plagiarism and AI detection software is able to detect AI content in over 15 languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), with more languages currently in the works.

At the moment, English has the highest accuracy at 99.1%.

What languages can Kaleidoscope detect plagiarism in?

Kaleidoscope can scan more than 100 languages including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, German, Greek, Chinese, and Japanese.

Please note that scans will only be done in the same language as the submitted essay. For example, if the essay was written in Spanish, our tool will only search for results in Spanish.

Why do some applications show percentages as N/A?

In order for an essay to be scanned, the essay question must be set up as a long text field, and the essay must be over 100 words and in 'submitted' status.

If you have questions regarding an N/A percentage, please reach out to our support team or customer success contact.

If the applicant changes their essay after submission, will Kaleidoscope automatically re-scan the application?

No, if the applicant changes their essay after it has been previously submitted, a Kaleidoscope team member is required to perform a new scan.

If you need an essay to be re-scanned, please reach out to our support team or your customer success contact.

Can I scan essays from a program that has already closed?

Yes! Just reach out to our support team or your customer success contact and they can batch run a scan on any past programs.