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This paper examines the effectiveness of a new languagespecific parser-based but lightweight clone detection approach. Exploiting a novel application of a source transformation system, the method accurately finds near-miss clones using an efficient text line comparison technique. The transformation system assists the method in three ways. First, using agile parsing it provides user-specified flexible pretty-printing to remove noise, standardize formatting and break program statements into partsdoi:10.1109/icpc.2008.41 dblp:conf/iwpc/RoyC08a fatcat:eqqzrazscbg3dngfspbjuorpsy