Clone detection: Why, what and how?

@article{Akhin2010CloneDW,
  title={Clone detection: Why, what and how?},
  author={Marat Kh. Akhin and Vladimir M. Itsykson},
  journal={2010 6th Central and Eastern European Software Engineering Conference (CEE-SECR)},
  year={2010},
  pages={36-42}
}
Excessive code duplication is a bane of modern software development. Several experimental studies show that on average 15 percent of a software system can contain source code clones - repeatedly reused fragments of similar code. While code duplication may increase the speed of initial software development, it undoubtedly leads to problems during software maintenance and support. That is why many developers agree that software clones should be detected and dealt with at every stage of software… CONTINUE READING

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